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Running head: CONFRONTING MEANINGLESSNESS 1 Confronting Meaninglessness Name of Student Institutional Affiliation Introduction People often view life from different perspectives. Some view life as being meaningful, whereas others see it as meaningless. Both of these dimensions have been developed from differing schools of thought. For instance, Jean-Paul Satre in his book Being and Nothingness challenges the meaningfulness of life. He develops the philosophical theory of ‘existentialism’ where he emphasizes that every person is a free being, responsible for his personal development based on the free choices he makes. On the other hand, Thaddeus Metz, in his book Meaning in Life gives this same subject a different point of view, elaborating that life can be meaningful if it is bent towards fulfilling the will of God. This paper challenges Sartre’s theory, highlighting how a meaninglessness in life can be transformed into meaningfulness. Sartre’s Existentialism Theory Sartre’s existentialism theory is based upon the insight that human beings are free beings whose destiny lies in their hands. In the book The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Satre , Jonathan
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CONFRONTING MEANINGLESSNESS 2 Webber expounds Sartre's view, indicating that people can dictate the patterns of their lives by simply choosing the project to undertake in life. The projects undertaken eventually determine whether the person succeeds in life or not. This implies that human beings are free to determine their destiny. It follows that, if humanity is free to decide on how their future will be, that means there is no God who dictates the life of man. According to Satre, a person's commitment to making an intelligent choice to critical matters in life is the determining factor for the realization of that person's future dream.
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  • Fall '16
  • dr,david onyango
  • It, Thaddeus Metz, existentialism theory

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