Existential paper

Existential paper - (Existential Paper"By believing...

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(Existential Paper) “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” (Franz Kafka) Individual lives and human existence in general have no rational meaning or order. People have difficulty accepting this notion so they constantly attempt to identify or create rational structure and meaning in their lives. The term “absurdity” describes humanity’s futile attempt to find rational order where none exists. Camus does not explicitly refer to the notion of absurdity in The Stranger , but the belief of absurdity operates within the novel. Neither the external world in which Meursault lives nor the internal world of his thoughts and attitudes posses any rational order. Meursault has no discernable reason for his actions, such as his decision to marry Marie and his decision to kill the Arab. Society nonetheless attempts to impose rational explanations for Meursault’s irrational actions. The idea that things sometimes happen for no reason, and
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor Foster during the Spring '08 term at Cal Poly.

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