Essay about John Paul Sartre 's Existentialism

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When a soldier goes off to war, they are told to follow orders first and foremost. Often soldiers fight for causes deemed just by their governments, meaning the individual soldier 's opinion on the validity of the war is not considered. In a country with a draft or some other form of mandatory military service, soldiers might be forced to fight a war they do not believe in. These circumstances might lead one to believe that soldiers are not morally responsible for acts committed in war. I will argue that John Paul Sartre’s Existentialism would condemn all notions of the soldiers holding no responsibility and claim that they were in fact responsible for all acts they themselves commit during the war, as well as Sartre’s argument in this case not being convincing.
Sartre is an Existentialist whose philosophy claims that all human beings are free to the point that it is painful, people are, “condemned to be free.” Every man, woman, and child has freedom thrust upon them from the moment they are born and because of this freedom every person is wholly responsible for the direction their life takes. To Sartre, someone in the slums that goes to a mediocre school and someone that comes from extravagant wealth have the same opportunity to get into a top tier school because both individuals have to make the choice to put in the effort to get into that school. Sartre asserts that individuals are in control of their lives and any perceived loss of power is an exercise in bad faith and…

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