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(in Existentialist philosophy) the dread caused by man's awareness that his future is not determined but must be freely chosen
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If such inner contradiction is not healed, then it could give birth to a process of existential despair. The inability to transform our own habits and to integrate moral relativism in our way of thinking, speaking, and acting will create inner thunderstorms.
Such defiantly cheerful naturalists are those for whom Darwinian naturalism is, to use Dawkins' term, 'refreshing', rather than bleak, alienating and a cause for existential despair. My question of whether certain persons can simultaneously embrace Darwinian naturalism and still find their lives genuinely meaningful, rather than bleak, is therefore directed at the persons in this second group.
Barlow's stories traverse such deep, psychological ground that they dredge up existential despair -- in all the good ways.
This could not be more spot on (no pun intended), but Charlie adds to it a quality of existential despair that is surely quite unusual at his age.
Hume's approach to existential despair indicates a new stage in the process of maturing consciousness.
On the blue walls of a downstairs gallery, several of Gustave Dore's matinee idol angels, two winged dandies from Peru (one armed with an arquebus), and a coterie of baroque cherubsdecidedly Christian imagesare joined not only by Islamic and Hindu angels, but by angel-embellished ketubot from Italy and Morocco, contemporary Israeli paintings of angels, and Paul Klee's "Angelus Novus," which Walter Benjamin owned, cherished, and transformed in his writing into a paradigmatic symbol of existential despair in the face of the Holocaust.
Clients who experience career transitions, become unemployed, retire, or are unable to work because of illness or injury may lose a significant part of their identity and feel an existential despair. Clients transitioning into new roles or developmental stages may feel anguish as they leave the familiarity or routine of their current position; face working with new people, situations, or environments; and learn new job tasks, roles, and functions.
One immediately identifies and yokes together the existential despair and horror of Poe with the isolation and civil disobedience of Thoreau, both allegories for the realities Liu Xia faces daily.
Whenever the dogs are not in harness running full-tilt through the woods, they lapse into ennui, worry, lust for power, self-absorption, existential despair, or plain boredom.
Believing deeply in the universal need of the "human struggle to transcend" Bliss asserts that, while rejecting "supernatural salvation or immortality," he was especially drawn to medical history "about secular salvation and about scientific immortality." History offers an affirmation of life over death, and a path beyond existential despair. Bliss sees the historian as a unique kind of time traveller coming to know past figures almost as personal friends, experiencing such a visceral connection when so deeply engaged with the human spirit "that cold shivers went up and down my spine."
"Unlike those pretenders who play in dark alleys and think they're tough, James Sallis writes from an authentic noir sensibility, a state of mind that hovers between amoral indifference and profound existential despair. As alienated antiheroes go, they don't get any darker than the protagonist of The Killer Is Dying." MARILYN STASIO
Yet from the perspective of the history of philosophy, this textual characteristic need cause neither existential despair nor cognitive or ethical relativism.