Existentialism 9-21

Existentialism 9-21 - Existentialism Nietzsche The enlightened 19th century takes Christianity for a myth but lacks the courage to give it up

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Existentialism 9/21/11 Nietzsche - “The enlightened 19 th century takes Christianity for a myth but lacks the courage to give it up”- Kierkegaard - Born 1844 in pre-unified Germany - Bad professor - Accepted consequences of abandoning Christianity, different from Sartre in that everything DOES change when you give it up Overview - Mythbreaker/ mythmaker o Questions objective human perspective, weans people away from myths about morality, divinity, and truth o Pursues to disprove these with disproportionate vigor compared to the available evidence o The old lies aren’t sufficient, so we will need new lies to keep on living - Influences o Schopenhauer The World as Will and Idea Included Hindu and Buddhist philosophies Variation on Kant and Hegel Our minds mold incoming sensations into a coherent world-Kant Hegel- Reality is just mind, Reason is God Will to life is the basic part of existence against the major force of the universe, which is irrationality Will can give way to rational strategies against the irrational
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This note was uploaded on 01/21/2012 for the course PHL 245 taught by Professor Dr.richardkamber during the Fall '10 term at TCNJ.

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Existentialism 9-21 - Existentialism Nietzsche The enlightened 19th century takes Christianity for a myth but lacks the courage to give it up

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