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Existentialism (/zstnlzm/)  /ksstntlzm/ ) is a philosophical inquiry that focuses on the subjective experience
of thinking, feeling, and acting.   An existentialist’s starting point is “existential angst”, a sense of dread,
disorientation, confusion, or anxiety in an apparently meaningless or absurd world.  Existentialists frequently
ponder the meaning, purpose, and value of human life.
There are several 19th and 20th century European philosophers who were associated with existentialism, despite
profound differences in thought.
 The philosophers Sren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche, as well as the novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky,
were early proponents of existentialism. Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Simone de
Beauvoir, Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel, and Paul Tillich were all existentialists.
Many existentialists found traditional systematic or academic philosophies too abstract and detached from
 Authenticity is a virtue in existentialist thought.  Existentialism would influence theology, drama, art,
literature, and psychology, among others.