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Word: existential

Definition: pertaining to existence; pertaining to the philosophy of existentialism

Sentences Containing 'existential'

"Nor was he satisfied," writes Merleau-Ponty, "with the attempts of the Impressionists to dissolve this objective order into its original elements of light and atmosphere".Maurice Merleau-Ponty, "Sense and Non-sense", Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Northwestern University Press, IL, 1964.
"The Existential Robert Bloch," an interview by Lee Prosser with Bloch in March 1983, was published at Michael G. Pfefferkorn's "The Bat is My Brother" website.
(born 13 June 1931) is an American existential psychiatrist who is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, as well as author of both fiction and nonfiction.
Alexis Petridis of "The Guardian" named it better than the album's lead single, "Push the Button", while also describing it as "Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus' rewritten with its existential angst replaced by the travails of teen romance."
An existential clause is a clause that refers to the existence or presence of something.
As an example, consider the following sentence in Hebrew: According to linguist Ghil'ad Zuckermann, the Hebrew existential construction employed to mark possession was reinterpreted in "Israeli" (his term for "Modern Hebrew") to fit in with the "habere" (to have) construction, requiring the direct object, which is predominant in Yiddish and other European languages such as English (in "I have this book", "this book" is the direct object of "have").
Before "l"-, the existential particle assumes the form "eh"-, yielding the forms "ehli" ‘he has’ (lit.
Besides existential targets like the Pope, the Jesuits, and the Knights of Columbus, they specifically attacked the growth of Maine’s Catholic school system, as well as the presence of Catholics (and Jews) on public school boards.
Different languages have different ways of forming and using existential clauses.
Existential clauses can be modified like other clauses in terms of tense, negation, question formation, modality (grammar), finiteness, etc. For example, one can say "There was a God", "There is not a God" ("There is no God"), "Is there a God?", "There might be a God", "He was anxious for there to be a God", etc. Indicating possession.
For example, when the pronominal suffixes are appended directly to the existential particle *"eṯ" [ɛθ] (Classical ‘it), it regularly takes the form "eḵt-" [ɛχt].
For some thinkers, existential malaise is mostly theoretical (as it is with Jean-Paul Sartre) while others are quite affected by an existentialistic anguish (an example being Albert Camus and his discussion of the Absurd).
Galiana and Skade use this system to obtain and modify inertial suppression technology and take various precautionary actions to eliminate the existential threat of the Inhibitors.
His writing on existential psychology centres on what he refers to as the four "givens" of the human condition: isolation, meaninglessness, mortality and freedom, and discusses ways in which the human person can respond to these concerns either in a functional or dysfunctional fashion.
However Joseph also points out that the city of Thrissur needs the services of these groups even when the existential rights of these groups remain unacknowledged.
In 2006, he announced the graphic novel "Metronome", an existential, textless erotically-charged visual poem, written under the pseudonym Véronique Tanaka.
In 2010 Eagleman published "Why the Net Matters" (Canongate Books), in which he argued that the advent of the internet mitigates some of the traditional existential threats to civilizations.
In English, existential clauses usually use the dummy subject construction (also known as expletive) with "there", as in "There are boys in the yard", although "there" is sometimes omitted when the sentence begins with another adverbial (usually designating a place), as in "In my room (there) is a large box."
In his essay "We're All Just Floating in Space", Lyle Zynda analyzes this episode's interpretation of existential meaninglessness, arguing that both River and Early perceive physical objects as divorced from the meanings with which others imbue them.
In his essay “Despair, Optimism, and Rebellion”, Evan Fales submits three atheist existential stances towards life (which are not mutually incompatible).
In some languages, linguistic possession (in a broad sense) is indicated by existential clauses, rather than by a verb such as "have".
In the "Urantia Book", Havona is "the central universe, … an existential, perfect, and replete universe surrounding the home of the eternal Deities, the center of all things" (Urantia Foundation 1955, 360).
In the simple present tense, this construction uses the independent form of the existential particle *"eṯ" and the preposition "l"- ‘to/for,’ which takes the enclitic suffixes introduced in Table 5.
In the tenth chapter, "This-Worldly, Otherworldly", Wilber describes various attempts to repair modernism's fractured and flattened worldview, especially Schelling's existential idealism.
It was written with a political and tactical purpose and is considered an existential religious writing, radical for its time in its reporting of personal confession and crisis.
Many languages form existential clauses without any particular marker, simply using forms of the normal copula verb (the equivalent of English "be"), the subject being the noun (phrase) referring to the thing whose existence is asserted.
On Salon.com, Andrew Leonard described the book as "a page turner and a philosophical argument, an adventure novel and an extended existential meditation, a physics lesson, sermon and ripping good yarn."
On the other hand, Camus is not strictly an existential atheist because the acceptance of the Absurd implies neither the existence of God nor the nonexistence of God (see also agnosticism).
R. D. Laing 'has adapted Sartre's existential psychoanalysis..he analyzes the concept of alienation': looking at the 'analysis of alienation in sociological and clinical senses', Laing concluded grandly that 'Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings'.
Radical for its period in its personal account, it is considered an existential religious writing.
River's and Early's tactile and spiritual connection with physical objects reflects an existential experience in Whedon's youth and his subsequent study of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential novel "Nausea".
Some languages form the negative of existential clauses in an irregular way; for example, in Russian, есть "yest" ("there is/are") is used in affirmative existential clauses (in the present tense), whereas the negative equivalent is нет "nyet" ("there is/are not"), used with the logical subject in the genitive case.
Soon after this period he made some of his most lasting contributions by teaching about group psychotherapy and developing his model of existential psychotherapy.
That same year, GameFront included Lulu on the list of the "greatest boobs in video games" at number 20, commenting that ""Final Fantasy" has pioneered the existential angst + gratuitous TnA school of storytelling," while "Complex" ranked her as the 23rd of the "best looking sideline chicks in games".
The "spirit of seriousness" in existential philosophy.
The existential version of the Local Lemma permits a larger upper bound on dependencies: This bound is known to be tight.
The last hot dog of the night and a healthy sense of well being, leave no room for existential questions.
The living and existential conditions of these groups are seldom acknowledged by the society at large and generally they are displaced from their places of stay and livelihoods, usually in the name of development and change.
The performances are existential encounters between models and audience, their shame and their expectations.
The principal meaning of existential clauses is to refer to the existence of something, or the presence of something in a particular place or time.
The result was the rise of "Thanatos" (Freud's death drive), and "Phobos" (existential fear), which are the respective pathological versions of "Agape" and "Eros".
The second holds that the composer is engaging in "an endearingly sincere nanosecond of acknowledgement of the apparent existential absurdity of the son-of-a-Liverpudlian bus driver espousing such other-worldly beliefs and sentiments".
The show may be anchored by existential weightiness, it may be painted with broad, supernatural brushstrokes, but in the end, this coming-of-age story, filled with angst and alienation, is more real than any other so-called teen drama [...]
The text evades stylistic conventions and rejects linear time, leading the researcher to note: "on its own is a form of protest, of criticism toward the constrictive and depersonalizing human existential system."
The use of such clauses can be considered analogous to existential quantification in predicate logic (often expressed with the phrase "There exist(s)...").
This is because ‘islands of instability’ are seen as constituting sources of regional insecurity and contagion, particularly in their association with international terrorism, transnational crime and other real and existential threats.
This operator is not definable in the basic modal logic (i.e. some propositional non-modal language together with a single primitive "necessity" (universal) operator, often denoted by 'formula_5', or its existential dual, often denoted by 'formula_6').
This transformation in their existential struggle is narrated by Annie, the central character, who gives voice to three generations of her subaltern group albeit with a feminine perspective.
Zapffe viewed the world as beyond humanity's need for meaning, unable to provide any of the answers to the fundamental existential questions.
“But it would be so regarded only by those who probably for the lack of something more adequate have accepted as orthodox some current misinterpretation of the Suttas (Discourses).” Wettimuny was also addressing primarily those who were disquieted by existentialism or existential questions, and sought a solution to the ambiguity of existence.

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::: entourage - group of attendants; retinue; CF. surround
::: demure - (of a woman or child) grave; quiet and serious; coy; pretending to be demure
::: prognosis - forecasted course of a disease; prediction; CF. prognostic
::: extort - wring from; get money by threats, etc.; obtain by force or threats; CF. extortionate: exorbitant
::: fluke - unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck; ADJ. fluky
::: adversary - opponent; enemy
::: bent - determined; Ex. bent on advancing in the business; N: natural talent or inclination
::: devious - roundabout; erratic; deviating from the straight course; not straightforward; not completely honest; Ex. devious route
::: dissertation - formal essay; treatise
::: indignity - treatment or situation that causes shame or loss of dignity, respect; offensive or insulting treatment; humiliating or degrading treatment; Ex. I suffered the indignity of having to say that in front of them.