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Thoughts on Existentialism: Can We Create our Human Nature? The French Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, a political activist and also an early advocate of existentialism, had radical views of human nature that did not agree with his society in the 20 th century. Sartre revolutionized many of the core tenets of existentialism, such as “existence preceding essence” and that existentialists are not completely atheistic by definition. However, they are atheists who don’t necessarily focus on the fact that there is no god, but rather argue that even if there was a god that society would be exactly the same today. Martin Heidegger, another existentialist i , argued that God may or may not exist, but is ultimately unnecessary and believed that man’s human nature was the end all of society, because if God did exist, man would still not be able to escape his own nature of forlornness and despair. The philosophers John- Peal Sartre and Martin Heidegger pioneered these existential belief systems in the early 20 th century that were the counter-argument to many of the societal ideals that existed eighty years ago and still do today, such as the widespread belief in a higher being who controls our moral sense. Their beliefs have been used as the basis for both postmodern
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course HH 206 taught by Professor Beyer during the Fall '05 term at Naval Academy.

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