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6/11/2007 choice is the fundamental concept working in existentialism merleau-ponty continentalists - contingency is a fact. there's no such thing as an absolute, except that you die. death - we're all going to die. the existentialist sees the person in relation to how that person views the idea that everyone dies. accepting death should lead to anxiety/anguish anxiety/anguish can lead to inactivity or activity accepting death also should eliminate a person's inclination to believe in an afterlife. believing in an afterlife is inauthentic . AUTHENTICITY is a big idea for existentialists. an authentic life for a tiger is hunting. so for some things, authenticity is built into existence (essence precede l'existence) BUT humans are the only creatures for which existence precedes essence. there's no nature to being a human because humans have the capacity of choice. you exist, and then you decide what your nature is. we're the only creatures whose essence isn't determined before our existence. if there were a uniform human
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Adams during the Fall '08 term at Case Western.

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