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Encyclopedia > Existential dread

Angst is a Germanic word for fear or anxiety. It is used in English to describe an intense feeling of emotional strife. In German, it is the fear of possible suffering and a behavior resulting from uncertainty and strain which is caused by pain, loss, and death. The term Angst distinguishes itself from the word Furcht (German for "fear") in that Furcht usually refers to a material threat (arranged fear), while Angst is usually a nondirectional emotion. It is usually, but not always, associated with teenage angst, or confusion and anxiety within the self. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... Existential dread is an existential concept developed by Søren Kierkegaard in 1844. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Look up angst in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Download high resolution version (500x637, 135 KB)Subject: Painting The Scream (1893) by Edvard Munch. ... Download high resolution version (500x637, 135 KB)Subject: Painting The Scream (1893) by Edvard Munch. ... For other uses, see The Scream (disambiguation). ... The Scream. ... For other uses, see Fear (disambiguation). ... what up?? Anxiety is a physiological state characterized by cognitive, somatic, emotional, and behavioral components (Seligman, Walker & Rosenhan, 2001). ... Look up Pain in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up loss in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), Death (band) or Deceased (band). ...


In other languages having the meaning of the Latin word anxietas and pavor, the derived words differ in meaning, e.g as in the French anxieté and peur.


The word Angst has existed since the 8th century, coming from the base-Indoeuropean *anghu-, "restraint" from which Old High German angust develops. It is pre-cognate with the Latin angustia, "tensity, tightness" and angor, "choking, clogging"; compare to the Greek "άγχος" (ankhos): stress. The (Late Old High) German speaking area of the Holy Roman Empire around 950. ...


A different but related meaning is attributed to Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (18131855). In The Concept of Anxiety, Kierkegaard used the word Angest (Danish, meaning "dread") to describe a profound and deep-seated spiritual condition of insecurity and despair in the free human being. Where the animal is a slave to its instincts but always confident in its own actions, Kierkegaard believed that the freedom given to mankind leaves the human in a constant fear of failing its responsibilities to God. Kierkegaard's concept of angst is considered to be an important stepping stone for 20th-century existentialism. While Kierkegaard's feeling of angst is fear of actual responsibility to God, in modern use, angst is broadened to include general frustration associated with the conflict between actual responsibilities to self, one's principles, and others (possibly including God). Still, the angst in alternative music may be more accessible to more audiences than existentialism. The term "angst" is now widely used as a theme by many great modern writers. Often, as in the Catcher in the Rye the expression is used as a common adolescent experience of malaise; in this sense it has become one of the central themes in the fiction of modern novelists like Don DeLillo[1], David Foster Wallace and others.[citation needed] Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (IPA: , but usually Anglicized as ;  ) 5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. ... Year 1813 (MDCCCXIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1855 (MDCCCLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Concept of Dread (or The Concept of Anxiety depending upon the translation) was a philosophical work written by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in 1844. ... Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit. ... Despair in common usage is the condition of having abandoned hope. ... Human beings are defined variously in biological, spiritual, and cultural terms, or in combinations thereof. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Existentialism is a philosophical movement which claims that individual human beings create the meanings and essence of their own lives. ... The term God (capitalized in English language as a proper noun) is often used to refer to a Supreme Being. ... Existentialism is a philosophical movement which claims that individual human beings create the meanings and essence of their own lives. ... The Catcher in the Rye is a famous novel by J. D. Salinger. ... Malaise is a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, an out of sorts feeling, often the first indication of an infection or other disease. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Don DeLillo (born November 20, 1936) is an American author best known for his novels, which paint detailed portraits of American life in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. ... David Foster Wallace (born February 21, 1962) is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. ...


Angst in contemporary music

Angst, in contemporary connotative use, most often describes the intense frustration and other related emotions of teenagers and the mood of the music and art with which they identify. Punk rock, grunge, nu metal, emo and virtually any alternative rock dramatically combining elements of discord, melancholy and excitement may be said to express angst. “Young Men” redirects here. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Nu metal (also called aggro metal, or nü metal using the traditional heavy metal umlaut) is a musical genre that has origins in the mid 1990s. ... Look up emo in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Melancholia (Greek μελαγχολια) was described as a distinct disease as early as the fifth and fourth centuries BC in the Hippocratic writings. ...


Angst was probably first discussed in relation to contemporary music in the mid to late 1950s in relation to music favoured by people influenced by the campaign for nuclear disarmament, especially jazz and folk. Songs like Bob Dylan's 1963 Masters of War and A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall articulated the dread caused by the threat of nuclear extinction. A key text is Jeff Nuttall's book Bomb Culture (1968) which traced this pervasive theme in popular culture back to Hiroshima. This article is about the recording artist. ... Masters of War is a song by Bob Dylan, written in 1963 and released on the album The Freewheelin Bob Dylan. ... A Hard Rains a-Gonna Fall is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962 in Chip Moncks apartment in the basement of the Village Gate (now The Village Theater) on the corner of Bleecker and Thompson Streets in Greenwich Village. ... Jeff Nuttall (July 8, 1933 - January 4, 2004) was an English poet, publisher, actor, painter, sculptor, jazz trumpeter, anarchist sympathiser and social commentator who was a key part of the British 1960s counter-culture. ... For other uses, see Hiroshima (disambiguation). ...


In the 1980s "teen angst" was expressed in music to a certain extent in the rise of punk, post punk, and alternative music with which it is currently more associated. It was probably first used in reference to the grunge movement and the band Nirvana. Nirvana themselves seem to have been aware of this, as evidenced by the first line of "Serve the Servants" in which Kurt Cobain describes the success of writing songs dealing with the subject (Teenage angst has paid off well | Now I'm bored and old...). Post-punk was a popular musical movement beginning at the end of the 1970s, following on the heels of the initial punk rock explosion of the mid 1970s. ... The term alternative rock or alternative music1 was coined in the early 1980s to describe bands which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... This article is about the American rock band. ... Serve the Servants is a song by the American grunge band Nirvana. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ...


References

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Angst - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (692 words)
Kierkegaard used the word angst (Danish, meaning "dread") to describe a profound and deep-seated spiritual condition of insecurity and despair in the free human being.
Where the animal is a slave to its God-given instincts but always confident in its own actions, Kierkegaard believed that the freedom given to mankind leaves the human in a constant fear of failing its responsibilities to God.
Kierkegaard's concept of angst is considered to be an important stepping stone for 20th-century existentialism.
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