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    The existential philosophy is connected with the view of the absurdity of human condition. The aesthetic existentialism shows an individual in a strange world. Man has no reality if he unthinkingly follows social law or convention suffering anguish and despair in his loneliness, he may nevertheless become what he wishes by the exercise of free will. The existentialist though they define in doctrine attitude agree on certain points, they are also connected with man’s being. They too feel that reason

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    Existentialism can be defined as the philosophy concerning itself with finding self and the said meaning of life through free will, personal responsibility and choice. This belief is that people are out there in the world searching to find out what they are and who they are throughout life and how these people will make choices in life because of their outlook, beliefs, and experiences. These personal choices become unique to the person without the necessity of an objective form of truth. Overall

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    As Pecorino (2000) defined it, “existentialism is a philosophical movement or tendency, emphasizing individual existence, freedom, and choice that influenced many diverse writers in the 19th and 20th centuries”. From the definition, it can be said that it is a view that all humans should determine their own meaning in life, and therefore try to make rational decisions in spite of existing in an irrational universe. The central point of the idea is the question of human existence, and the feeling

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    For the subsequent chapter, I would then tackle the existentialist concepts of Heidegger, dealing with, as we said previously on Freedom, Anxiety and Authenticity. This is of course is to be taken and discussed keeping in mind man. An overview of Heidegger’s notion of freedom is that, he thinks that man is free, in relation to the care structure. The care structure deals with three concepts which is facticity, falleness and existentiality. Facticity deals with what he called ‘throwness’. Man is thrown

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    pervades our minds and how it tends to confuse our day-to-day existence, which allows for a lack of discipline and consistency in our social world. I will argue that even if it may conflict with the moral values of all persons, authenticity in existentialism is, nevertheless, sound in its approach to understanding the world and being. I will show that authenticity, especially from the perspective of Heidegger and Sartre, attempts to come to terms with the conscious self in the material world and confronting

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    In a Flux The novel Catcher In The Rye written by J.D. Salinger has many prominent Existentialist views through the story. The novel’s main character is Holden Caulfield, who has just been expelled from high school. This is not the first time an event like this has happened. The novel is written about Holden remembering times he had in high school, while he is in a mental institute. Holden’s recollections of his teenage years are immoral and constantly flowing from one household to the next. The

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    While Marcel's "Christian existentialism" provoked sharp contradiction between his work and the legend existentialism of Jean Paul Sartre. The most essential ideological conflict between Marcel and Sartre was over autonomy. According to Marcel, autonomy is represented in a detection of the self as an individual acceptant

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    When I was twelve years old, I became bored of kid’s TV shows. I knew it was time to try to find something new to watch. I had heard of some cartoon about a talking baby and talking dog, and enjoyed watching it when I stumbled upon it one day when flipping through the channels. Little I did I understand most of the jokes. Re-watching episodes now that I haven’t seen in years, I have a much greater appreciation for the humor that the writers infuse into every scene. I am also better able to see that

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    In Sartre’s lecture at Club Maintenant “Existentialism is a Humanism” Sartre states that “What they (The existential atheists) have in common is simply the fact that they believe that existence comes before essence”1 which seems to mean that humans have no pre-destined purpose and nature in our lives, everything that we become is by our own means and by no higher being. Sartre’s response to criticism over how existentialism focuses on the choices of individuals centers mainly on the points of abandonment

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    soul. Existentialism is defined as philosophical thinking beginning at an individualistic level, as described by John Macquarrie (14-15). The belief that every choice one makes affects the course of life is an idea that is widely accepted but not realized that the belief of existentialism is being exhibited. Existentialism can be traced back to the beginning of civilization. The concept of existentialism is extremely complex. Various ideas are expressed under the umbrella term of existentialism. These

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    answers to these questions but died before finding a suitable answer. Certainly, the philosophy of existentialism is an interesting phenomenon. The dictionary defines existentialism as a "philosophical movement . . . centering on analysis of individual existence in an unfathomable universe and the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will" ("Existentialism"). The character Hamlet from Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet explores these existential questions, seeking

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    Introduction: Existentialism is a philosophy that deals with life’s unanswered questions: why do we exist? What is the purpose of life? Ironically the, exact meaning of existentialism itself remains unanswered itself. Some believe it to be an attitude of life others a serious branch of philosophy; many discard it as being something paltry thought by post-war pessimists. The blur definitions of can be summed up in this single quote by Anton Chekhov, “The world is, of course, nothing but our conception

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    What if we all lived lives believing there is no true purpose of our existence? In the novel The Stranger, author Albert Camus conveys his ideas of existentialism through the life of main character, Meursault. In this novel, Camus works in his own philosophical views, pushing the idea that human existence has no rational meaning or cause. But, since this isn’t something individuals usually accept they are essentially attempting to put a meaning behind their lives. There are three main events that

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    possibly one of the most important philosophical concepts in regard to human psychology but, in order to even come close to comprehending the concept one must first understand the fundamental components of the broader philosophical concept of Existentialism. Existentialism is the term applied to the body of work of late 19th and early 20th century philosophers, starting from the danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard who without using the term proposed that “an individual not bound by society or religion

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    Sireedhorn Chamsri (Opal) Ms. Aubrey World Literature Block A 17 September 2014 The movement of existentialism, the idea that we as individuals have control over our destiny and we’re free to live and act by will, emerged in the 20th century in philosophy and literature. In both works, the Metamorphosis and the Overcoat, the concept of existentialism is illustrated very explicitly through the actions of the main characters; Gregor and Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin. They had the freedom to choose

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    directly stating any one track of thought to follow which allows each reader to form the book to their ways of thought rather than molding their outlook to existential thought. Kafka chooses to convey the messages of absurdism, essentialism and existentialism through the protagonist 's reactions when their purpose is brought into question. He does this by completely revoking purpose in The Metamorphosis and question the legitimacy of the officer’s purpose in In the Penal Colony. Within both novels

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    The philosophy known as existentialism is known to embrace a lot of hopeless and prohibited elements into its belief structure, and many of the favorite existential writers - John Steinbeck, for example - often incorporate may of those recusant images into their stories. In his tremendously successful, award-winning novel, Of Mice & Men, worrisome themes like the meaninglessness of life, the loneliness of being a “thinking” individual, and the received futility of existence are all artfully employed

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    In his novel The Stranger, Albert Camus creates an emotionally incapable, narcissistic, and, at times, sociopathic character named Meursault to explore and expose his philosophies of Existentialism and Absurdism. Throughout the story Meursault follows a philosophical arc that, while somewhat extreme - from unemotional and passive to detached and reckless to self-reflective - both criticizes the dependent nature of human existence and shows the journey through the absurd that is our world. In the

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    Christina Bove Professor ENG13 Term paper Isolation, alienation and existentialism all go hand in hand. All three combine make up a common theme in the following short stories, “Bartleby the Scrivener”, “The Metamorphosis”, “A Rose for Emily”, and “The Wall”. Isolation is the feeling one gets from being alienated from someone or society. Alienation can be defined as the emotional isolation, existenalism is knowing your fate is not in your own control. In Melville’s short story “Bartleby the Scrivener”

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    Albert Camus’ The Stranger embodies 1940s French Algeria as it depicts the result of existentialism within a French Christian society. Literature often highlights the values of a culture or society by using a character who is alienated because of creed. The protagonist, Meursault, is an existentialist judged as a pariah and detached from society due to his beliefs. Existentialists have no real meaning in their life and believe that they are free to make whatever decisions they want. Christians believe

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