Volker Gerhardt

Alle Philosophie ist Existenzphilosophie

Existential philosophy is an intellectual movement formed under the impression of the breakdown of civilisation after the First World War.  The presumed "death of God" on the one hand, and the universal imperative of technological development on the other, seemed to reduced the individual to nothing but its own existence. Today we can see that this was, above all, the triumph of the historicization of philosophy in the 19th century. And we can come to the insight that all philosophy is existential philosophy - without the absurd dramatisation of individual existence, which really is, as may be demonstrated by the example of Socrates, Platon, Seneca, Augustinus, Montaigne, Rousseau, Kant or even Hegel, the well-spring of philosophy.