What is Existentialism?

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However, the movement stresses more on the existence of the human being in particular. Key elements of this movement with regards human existences is the question of choice, freedom and subjectivity. I am particularly interested in the matters that arise from the existentialists and their effect on Africa and its people. I will generalize here as I try to look at Africa in a broad sense focusing using examples on different existential issues that affect the African continent.
Existentialism comes through from a time of the Romantic Period in Europe. Focus had been put on a return to nature, feelings and an attack on rationalism. Most thinkers in this tradition like Kierkergard, Hiedegger and Nietzche focus on the issue and feeling of anxiety in the human condition. Treated well this anxiety goes on to breed authenticity in the human being. Anxiety comes about as an ontological question. One constantly asks themselves the question of “being”, “who am I?” Kiekergaard talks of this anxiety this way, “All existence make me anxious, from the smallest fly to the mysteries of the Incarnation; the whole thing is inexplicable to me, I myself most of all; to me all existence is infected, I myself most of all.” (Journals, II A 420).
Kierkegaard who was born in the 19th century is situated in a Europe which was experiencing the industrial revolution. Mass movements of people from…

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