Existentialism is a field of philosophy that grapples with human existence and flourished in post-war Europe in the 1940s and 1950s.
Of course, these thinkers of human existence were also dealing with their own. Namely, that their lives were a bizarre shit-storm of mental breakdowns, drug-induced genius and tremendous backlash from the societies they lived in.
After winning the Nobel Prize, philosopher Albert Camus thought to thank his mother first, and an elementary school teacher second. Camus wrote this letter (below) to his teacher Louis Germain who, according to Letters of Note, “fostered the potential he saw and steered young Camus on a path that would eventually see him write some hugely respected, award-winning novels and essays.”
Sartre and Beauvoir in their first photo together taken in Paris, 1929.
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Nothingness, I embrace you!