Themes of agnosticism, surrealism and nihilism are often present. * Among the synonyms: ** Irrational is the weakest, denoting that which is plainly inconsistent with the dictates of sound reason; as, an irrational course of life. Compare and contrast Absurdism; both movements emerged in the wake of World War I and are stylistically similar, but whereas surrealism uses the bizarre to convey meaning, absurdism is all about embracing meaninglessness. Surrealism grew out of the Dada movement, but its emphasis was on positive expression. Absurdism is the most absurd – so absurd that it comes close to complete nonsense. Surrealism may seem normal on the surface, but any attempt to make sense of it quickly fails. Absurdism is a philosophical stance. Also compare the (anti)-art movement that preceded and inspired surrealism. It attacked rational thought with acts of meaningless but … Surrealism is a revolutionary movement or was initially. Absurdism is similar to existentialism and nihilism and, in literature, is often presented as a form of satire or dark comedy. Although Surrealism supposedly grew out of or outgrew Dada in Paris, the two movements come from very different time periods and cultural contexts. Absurdism is also frequently compared to Surrealism's predecessor, Dadaism (for Ash Lieb (2,186 words) [view diff] exact match in snippet view article find links to article humorous and philosophically surreal exhibit dealt with the dual meanings of absurdism . Dada was a wartime movement, founded in the midst of an international slaughter of young men, led by a deluded and incompetent class of elites. Surreal humour (also known as absurdist humour or surreal comedy) is a form of humour predicated on deliberate violations of causal reasoning, producing events and behaviours that are obviously illogical.Constructions of surreal humour tend to involve bizarre juxtapositions, incongruity, non-sequiturs, irrational or absurd situations and expressions of nonsense. Surrealism, movement in European visual art and literature between the World Wars that was a reaction against cultural and political rationalism. Absurdism was widely explored in arts and literature during the 20th century, and it is deeply embedded in the existentialist movement. Magical Realism is fairly realistic, but has certain fanciful elements. Little unites the Surrealist group aesthetically; however, many of the key artists had similar intellectual approaches and techniques. Surrealism s similar to or like Surreal humour. And Realism lacks all fanciful or absurd elements. Members included Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Meret Oppenheim, and Leonora Carrington. It comes back to a foundational concept for many Surrealists that there is truth accessible beyond rational thought that can be brought out of the unconscious through art. Comedy-Wikipedia. Usage notes * More and most absurd are the preferred or more common form of the comparable, as opposed to absurder and absurdest. Many Surrealists such as Magritte or Dali developed a naturalistic tendency within Surrealism, presenting clear, recognizable scenes and objects that seem to have been manipulated or metamorphosed into an impossible dream or nightmare image. Absurdism is the unifier: it accepts that we seem to function best with some sort of religious belief in our lives, but that science has shown the nihilists are right about both revealed meaning and constructed meaning. ... 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