Existentialism and seinfeld
Whilst they both existed before this particular school of thought had been popularized in the mid 20th century their conceptualizations, in particular those of Kiekegaard, are seen to have ignited the existentialist philosophies of Martin Heidegger's focus on human existence (Dasein) in the 1920s, and Karl Jasper's philosophical conceptualization "Existenzphilosophie" in the 1930s,( Flynn,2006), and culminating in French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre's adoption and expansion of the term "existentialism" coined by French philosopher Gabriel Marcel in the mid 1940's,(Flynn, 2006)
Origins to the existentialist paradigm may be traced back to Buddha's teachings, (Mulder Jr, 2006); and even William Shakespeare's Hamlet, (Kaufmann, 1980).
The breeding ground for the existentialism may have been one of the responses to the modernist paradigm shift originating from the 16th century. This ideological turn around with in western academia had spurred on a school of that now relied heavily on empirical science and rational inductive reasoning. A progressive paradigm shift from the previously unquestionable catholocentricsm through to a society which had then begun to embrace a search for scientific reasoning to understand the world in depth rather than excepting pre-existing religious Dogma as the full circle to all knowledge. This era showed its pride in provable epistemic knowledge. Yet