Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Erik Vogt

Second Advisor

Maurice Wade


In utter selfishness, my hope is for the following pursuit, to which my reader will be witness, ends in such a way that I am calmer and my reader is anxious. Within the framework of self- liberation, I aim to draw strong ties between personal experience, and the views held by various thinkers, including Martin Heidegger, Søren Kierkegaard, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Being and Time will serve as the lens through which I examine the texts of Søren Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre. Their philosophies on anxiety serve as a voice for those who grapple with the phenomenon. I aim to illuminate the concept of anxiety by offering elucidating vocabulary, which philosophy offers its students. Perhaps then, those who have previously neglected to acknowledge the latent anxiety in all of us will discover the opportunity that lay beyond misconception, masked as something to fear.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.