Phil 10 essay - Prof. Brown Philosophy 10 25 April, 2007...

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Prof. Brown Philosophy 10 25 April, 2007 Existentialism One of Sartre’s main points in his book Existentialism and Human Emotions is that existence precedes essence. He also goes on to explain his ideas of responsibility and freedom with respects to the existentialistic philosophy. While many argue that existentialism is not humanistic, Sartre argues that it is actually an optimistic philosophy. Sartre’s defines existentialism as the belief that existence precedes essence. What he means by this is that as human beings first we exist then we define ourselves. He gives a counter example of the paper cutter and how the person who invented it first had an idea and worked from that to make the scissors. In this case the essence, the idea, of the scissors preceded the actual existence of them. As humans, first we are born into the world and then later through the actions and decisions we define who we are. An example of this is given by the student who has the dilemma of either going to war or staying home with his mother. Staying with his mother
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