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Existentialism, By Jean Paul Sartre  “Existentialism in Humanism” is a speech given by Jean-Paul  Sartre given in 1946. Existentialism is a philosophy that states  the existence of the individual person determines their own  development through the acts of free will. Basically, this means that a person is free to decide and manipulate the course their  life will take. They can control their reactions to situations, and  cause other actions to occur. The argument made by Sartre is  essentially nature vs nurture. The point Sartre argues is that  existence precedes essence. Essence is defined as a person’s purpose in life while existence is something that is always  changing. Existentialism is a philosophical theory that states  the existence of the individual person determines their own  development through the acts of free will, so a person is free to decide what they wish to do with their lives.  This is classic nature vs nurture argument. Also, for this  reason, I disagree with Sartre. It is not possible to state which  came first, both play a massive role in shaping a person.  Sartre states that the reason existence comes first is because  from the knowledge man gains from the living, he then defines  his purpose. This is a very atheistic viewpoint, in my opinion.  Sartre was atheistic which makes him more logical. Religious  minded people, like me, find more logic in believing that the  essence of god exists within us. The essence of the thoughts  of their parents is a more non-religious point of view. The 
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