Existentialism In The Modern World

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Along with all these depiction of identity crises, gender role, sexual identity, manifestation of existential identity also finds currency in modern continental drama with much more intensity. Existentialism as a philosophical and cultural movement in art, drama and theology emerged from the early 20th century which considers the individual experiences at the center of understanding human existence, rather than moral thought. Despite the fact that existential ideas originated in earlier twentieth century Europe but these idea are still much more relevant in our contemporary world because it is a rebellion against the systemic modes of thought associated with philosophical identity crisis, emphasizing on authentic experience rather than external idea. With the incessant sense of ¬utmost despair at what is happening to this planet and the brutality of the -latest spate of terrorist horrors and violence, the world has gone mad which prompts its return to a state of existential crisis. In its earlier phase, Existentialism as a philosophy came to focus due to a deep sense of despair after World War II and the Great Depression. Existential ideas was initially introduced in the works of philosophers like, Friedrich Nietzsche, Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Heidegger and Edmund Husserl, and can be traced back to the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Franz Kafka. But existentialism as a movement came into spotlight in the mid-twentieth century through the works of Simone de Beauvoir and
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