Sartre Analysis

Sartre Analysis - John Malloy PHL105H Textual Analysis II...

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John Malloy PHL105H Textual Analysis II February 25, 2010 “Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself” One of Sartre’s biggest claims is that man is nothing else but what he makes of himself. This idea follows the atheistic existentialist’s view on human reality. Because these existentialists believe that God does not exist, the claim that God creates men with pre- determined destinies does not hold. Instead, these philosophers claim that “there is at least one being in whom existence precedes essence, a being who exists before he can be defined by any concept, and that this being is man.” This means that when man is created, he is essentially nothing. He was not created with a specific purpose or plan, and nothing knows what will come of him. Because of this, it is up to every man to define himself and to choose what will become of him. And if he chooses to do nothing with his life, he will ultimately be left with nothing. For the most part, I agree with Sartre’s claim here.
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course PHL 105 taught by Professor Frances during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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