Existentialism And Its Impact On Society Essay

1353 Words Apr 25th, 2016 6 Pages
The idea of existentialism is believed to have been founded by a Danish philosopher named Søren Kierkegaard, who lived from 1813 to 1855. Although Kierkegaard was a religious man, existentialism became a more atheistic worldview as the philosophy further developed in the 20th century. There are many variations of existentialism, but the main idea of it is that human lives has “no meaning unless people give them meaning.” To elaborate, existentialists say that although life itself originally has no absolute answer, humans are free to choose or create their own meaning to life, without being swayed or forced by the voices and ways of society and religion. This is an intriguing worldview, as it not only supposedly answers some of the biggest questions in life to those that believe it (or, at least allows them to create their own answers), but at its core, existentialism is a mostly philosophical-centred worldview and has little focus around the belief of a deity or god. Though some may say that existentialism disproves the idea of a god, the worldview allows freedom in deciding one’s own meaning. This allows people to freely hold their own beliefs of a god, number of gods, or lack of one.
Since its creation, the concept of existentialism has changed the way many people have thought about the world and their own existences. Ever since the 19th century, existentialism spread through society particularly quickly when the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, one of the most prominent…

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