Summary of Existentialism and Human Emotions.pdf

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3. Despair: In seeing the contrast between the world we re thrown into and which we cannot control and the absolute freedom we have to create ourselves, we must despair of any hope of external value or determination and restrict ourselves to what is under our own control. III. Objections and Replies: A. What is Freedom? 1. The problem: How can we be free if our bodies, our abilities, and our environment are determined? 2. The solution: (a) Even though all these factors may be determined, we are more than simply these things. Our real self lies beyond the reach of external determination in virtue of its absolute individuality. (b) Our freedom is a freedom of synthesis: even though the many factors that go into making us and our experience are determined, we can arrange them as we like. We are free to make of them, and ourselves, whatever we will. B. What is Happiness? 1. The problem: How can man be happy in a world devoid of external significance and meaning? 2. The solution: The loss of external value allows us to get value from within ourselves, a value that is greater because it cannot be taken away by external forces.
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