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Introduction: Existentialism and Phenomenology: Robert J. Katz


Oen just the mere thought of existentialism brings to mind haunting images of an alienated gure such as Camus’ The Stranger, who, while dwelling in a state of despair, makes futile attempts to come to terms with the sense of insignicance, niteness, and meaninglessness that seems to inhere in the tragic shadow cast over life by death.† roughout this struggle, there exists a profound sense of separateness and aloneness that pervades all aspects of his being. All of his existence is branded with an empty, hollow, depressive tone that silently screams out into a vacuous space in which meaningful relation is absent. It is the disconnection from both his self and others that most aptly colors this portrayal of the pathos of modern man.