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Existentialism Is Not… Existentialism, broadly defined, is a set of philosophical systems concerned with free willchoice, and personal responsibility. Because we make choices based on our experiences, beliefs, and biases, those choices are unique to us — and made without an objective form of truth.
Free will requires an individual, and existentialists recognize that individuality is a complex concept. Existentialists reject the notion that all humans, or even most humans, will be individuals. The individualism of existentialism means that any attempt to craft a system of existential philosophy or existential ethics runs counter to its core nature.
It is not a philosophy of universal truths, yet at the same time the existentialists considered the human condition of alienation to be universal. The major thinkers associated with existentialism appear to agree on little, except for their emphasis on individualism. This intense focus on the individual is not expressed uniformly.
Certainly, existentialism is not a school of thought nor reducible to any set of tenets. The three writers who appear invariably on every list of existentialists — JaspersHeideggerand Sartre — are not in agreement on essentials.
By the time we consider adding Rilke, Kafkaand Camusit becomes plain that one essential feature shared by all these men is their perfervid individualism.
From Dostoevsky to Sartre ; Walter Kaufmann, p. It might be admirable in the face of the Industrial Revolution and Information Age to resist dehumanization, but it can also lead to a perverse focus on the singular, isolated one who must still live among others.
It is commonly acknowledged that existentialism is a philosophy about the concrete individual. This is both its glory and its shame. A Very Short Introduction ; Flynn, preface p. The quandry of being both an isolated one and part of the larger many contributes to the alienation that is prominant in many existential works.
On the contrary, it is usual for them to contrast precisely how the individual is separated from the mass and is obliged to separate him— or herself from it. A Guide for the Perplexed ; Earnshaw, p. Existentialism is as it is because the thinkers involved in it perceive that there is not only a problem with philosophy itself, but there are also problems with psychology and with the aims of science.
Humans define themselves through the act of living and dying.
Living is a series of interactions with other humans and their choices. Alienation is a condition of modern life we cannot avoid.
Humans have free will and with that comes despair. Free will implies responsibility for choices and actions. Free will also means that life itself is a choice, once one is self-aware.1. Aristotle’s Life. Born in B.C.E.
in the Macedonian region of northeastern Greece in the small city of Stagira (whence the moniker ‘the Stagirite’), Aristotle was sent to Athens at about the age of seventeen to study in Plato’s Academy, then a pre-eminent place of learning in the Greek world.
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