Dreadful, anguish, anxiety: Existentialist concepts defined

An existentialist concept

Anxiety is a flagship concept of existentialist philosophy:

Anxiety is defined in philosophy as an undetermined fear.

Fear and anxiety

Anxiety is distinguished from fear, which is always the fear of an “object”, anxiety does not relate to any particular object, hence its global and particularly disturbing nature.

The anxiety of death is itself extremely vague and is not accompanied by any precise representation, simply by a feeling of fall and dissolution of all our representations (Hegel).

The word “anguish” has taken on in existentialist philosophy the meaning of “metaphysical anxiety”, felt through the individual torments of man. It is indicative of the absurdity of existence.

Cite this article as: Tim, "Dreadful, anguish, anxiety: Existentialist concepts defined, April 10, 2020, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, April 10, 2020, https://www.the-philosophy.com/dreadful-anguish-anxiety-existentialist-concepts-defined.