Existentialism Essay

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Notes on Existentialism
Compiled for PSY 345 (Fall 2004)

Existentialism provides a moving account of the agony of being in the world. The spirit of existentialism has a long history in philosophy. But it became a major movement in the second half of the 20th century. Existentialism is not a systematic body of thought like Marxism or psychoanalysis. Instead, it is more like an umbrella under which a very wide range of thinkers struggled with questions about the meaning of life. Much of the appeal and popularity of Existentialism is due to the sense of confusion, the crisis, and the feeling of rejection and rootlessness that Europeans felt during World War II and its aftermath. Existentialism’s focus on each person’s role in creating
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A task that can never be completed. But he finds meaning in the fact that Sisyphus at least gets to decide each time whether to carry on or end it all. Camus says, "The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." Although there can never be any meaning in Sisyphus’ task, there is meaning is choosing each time to continue. Despite encompassing a staggering range of philosophical, religious, and political ideologies, the underlying concepts of existentialism are simple: Mankind has free will. Life is a series of choices, creating stress. Few decisions are without any negative consequences. Some things are irrational or absurd, without explanation. If one makes a decision, he or she must follow through.

Notes on Existentialism by Tanweer Akram The fundamental problem of existentialism is concerned with the study of being. The human being's existence is the first and basic fact; the human being has no essence that comes before his existence. The human being, as a being, is nothing. This nothingness and the non-existence of an essence is the central source of the freedom the human being faces in each and every moment. The human being

Existentialism Notes has liberty in view of his situation, in decisions which makes himself and sets himself to solves his problems and live in the world. Thrown into the

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