Section I: introduction

Huon Wardle*

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Where it comes to the fore, in its diverse disciplinary framings, existential enquiry builds a picture of a human being who is the maker of a meaningful world, albeit never a world free of conflict and contradiction. In centring its enquiry this way, existential enquiry grounds itself in empathic, typically phenomenological, description and analysis of people-in-their-situation. In this, our first section offers, then, a sampling of how existential questions, ideas and themes currently appear in the enquiry and practice of a range of human science disciplines. Existentialism is a sub-current throughout the humanities and sciences from philosophy, psychology, anthropology and geography, through semiotics and the history of science to psychiatric practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge international handbook of existential human science
EditorsHuon Wardle, Nigel Rapport, Albert Piette
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781003156697
ISBN (Print)9780367742317, 9780367742348
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge international handbooks


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