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Marxism and Existentialism, Part II

Adam Schaff


Any comparison between two philosophical trends so different, indeed so clearly opposed, as Marxism and existentialism (that is, the Sartre variety of existentialism which alone plays a certain role in Poland) is bound to begin with an attempt to locate the essential differences between the two. As compared with Marxism, existentialism not only involves a different set of problems, a different vocabulary, or a different world outlook; it also represents a completely different world of thoughts and emotions. If we fail to grasp the central point of the controversy, discussion may prove hopeless.


Marxism; Philosophy

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