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EXISTENTIALISM

In scholastic philosophy the philosophical emphasis on existence and concrete individuals rather than on essences or abstract concepts. Accordingly, it stresses the real over the speculative, the actual over the theoretical, the particular over the general, and the human over the cosmic. It uses history as an instrument of thought and concentrates on the free actions of persons over the broad expanse of ideas or movements that shape human culture and determine human life and destiny.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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