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A Critique of Jean-Paul Sartre's Ontology by M.A. Natanson

By M.A. Natanson

"Why is my soreness perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed?" -Jeremiah "Existentialism" this present day refers to faddism, decadentism, morbidity, the "philosophy of the graveyard"; to phrases like worry, dread, nervousness, soreness, anguish, aloneness, dying; to novelists corresponding to Jean-Paul Sartre, Dostoievski, Camus, Kafka; to philosophers like Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Marcel, Jaspers, and Sartre-and since it refers to, and is worried with, all of those principles and people, existentialism has misplaced any clearer that means it might probably have initially possessed. since it has such a lot of definitions, it might probably now not be outlined. As Sartre writes: "Most those that use the be aware existentialism will be em­ barrased in the event that they needed to clarify it, because, now that the notice is the entire rage, even the paintings of a musician or painter is being referred to as existentialist. A gossip columnist . . . symptoms himself The Exis­ tentialist, in order that by means of this time the notice has been so stretched and has taken on so extensive a which means, that it not capacity something in any respect. " 2 This kingdom of definitional confusion isn't really an unintended or negligible topic. An try out might be made during this creation to account for the confustion and to teach why any definition of existentialism in­ volves us in a tangle. First, notwithstanding, it is vital to nation in a tenta­ tive and extremely normal demeanour what issues of view are right here meant whilst reference is made to existentialism.

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