Existentialism 2010.doc - The 20th Century I Existentialism A Is a philosophy movement characterized by an emphasis on individuality individual freedom

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The 20 th Century I. Existentialism : A. Is a philosophy movement characterized by an emphasis on individuality, individual freedom and subjectivity. B. Was particularly popular around the mid-20 th century with the work of the French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sarte and others, including the novelist, essayist and playwrite Albert Camus C. “Existence precedes essence” 1. Among the most famous and influential existentialist propositions is Sartre's dictum, "existence precedes essence," which is generally taken to mean that there is no pre-defined moral or spiritual essence to humanity except that which we make for ourselves 2. Human beings are not pre-determined in any way but are free to do as they choose - they must be judged by their actions rather than by 'what they are', since they 'are' entirely what they do. This version of existentialism does not admit the existence of a god or of any other determining principle D. Some Existentialist concepts include: 1.
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  • Fall '17
  • Cliff Tyndall
  • History, Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sarte

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