The French popularize a growing movement…

Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length ...
Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing left, smoking cigarette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because for a brief period existentialism in the period of 1940s and 1950s was one of the cooler philosophy of its time…

That is because the French philosophers interjected it into the consciousness of western civilization…

They interjected the philosophy into the art, literature and the fabric of society…

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) took the traditional existential themes and make it accessible to all people…

He wrote (Being and Nothingness) which is a landmark book in the existentialism…

His writing was a continual dialogue with other movements he engaged with like Christianity and Marxism

He also wrote in the end of his life (Existentialism is Humanism) which is a short essay that attempts to explain the philosophy in nontechnical terms…

Like Sartre, Simon de Beauvoir (1908-1986) was involved in politics and a number of public issues…

Her most enduring legacy has been to define for a generation the feminist movement if Europe and America…

Although her groundbreaking work (The Second Sex) does not deal with existentialism directly…

Her analysis of the place of women in society is erected on a large existential structure…

But perhaps what made existentialism accessible to the public was the fact that these authors wrote novels and plays…

Such as Albert Camus (1913-1960) who puts his ideas into fiction that was a language to the masses…

The greatest of these which is still read today is Camus’s (The Stranger)…

It is a required reading in countless high school and college literature courses…

Perhaps no single work b any existentialist has reached more people directly like Camus’s work…

A tale of absurdity, death and coming to grip with the meaning of one’s existence is all what we need…

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