Final Paper - Patricia Abrudan Philosophy and Science...

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Patricia Abrudan Philosophy and Science Reading about the ideas of existential philosophers like Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Milan Kundera, Orhan Pamuk, Jean-Paul Sarte, Kobo Abe and others has actually influenced the way I look at the world around me. For example, I have found that many of the ideas that these philosophers have are interconnected. It is by seeing these connections I have been able to notice the world around me more and it has also helped me to make my own connections in all the different aspects of my life. So far, I believe that the most important thing that existentialism has taught me is that there isn't a straightforward way of looking at anything, this is true especially when it comes to discussing the reason for being. In fact, everyone who lives their life creates their own story and has unique experiences that effect them in different ways. In essence, “he tries to live his own life as if he were telling a story” (Sarte, p. 39). My story comes from observing the world around me and it has been philosophy that has helped me to really understand the importance of science and the negative implications of not reflecting and not thinking. Existentialism has taught me that there are good and bad outcomes in thinking about one's reasons for being. In some ways, we are fortunate to be able to be aware that we are living and to have the ability to find meaning in our lives. “The body lives by itself once it has begun. But thought - I am the one who continues it, unrolls it. I exist.” embodies the feeling of being able to understand one's existence and shows that the body is part of what makes the experience occur (Sarte, p.99). Even so, in some ways one may consider themselves to be better off not knowing we have this reasoning ability. But, even the individuals who live their life in the universal, or only to satisfy bodily desires, will one day be confronted with death. It is because of this constant awareness of death that one may become more aware of oneself. Being a science major, at the beginning of the semester I so no use in learning about philosophy 1
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Patricia Abrudan but now I am able to see that it is by questioning the world around me and not just spitting out facts that I will become a better scientist. It is through reflection that I am able to better understand not only my physical self but also my inner being. My physical self is often influenced by what is going on in the environmental world so it is interesting for me whenever I am able to find connections between existentialism and science. In Pamuk's book The White Castle, one becomes intrigued by the similarities between two identical figures that come from completely different backgrounds. In essence, Hoja, who is a Muslim, and the narrator, who is a christian, are just like philosophy and science. At first, both sound like they would not have any similarities but after looking at them closely, one sees that at the core of the two people and the two ideas, there are some overlapping themes. “. ..it was true, I had always realized it; I
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