Sartre 's Principle Of Existence Essay

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“The essential consequence of our earlier remarks is that man being condemned to be free carries the weight of the whole world on his shoulders’ he is responsible for the world and for himself as a way of being.” Jean- Paul Sartre was a nineteenth century philosopher whose philosophy is based on existentialism. The basic concept of existentialism is that humans are free and are responsible for their own actions. According to Sartre, the primary condition of human existence and the concept that serves as a basis or foundation for everything is that they are free. In his idea of existentialism, we are free to make choices as well as we and only ourselves give purpose to our lives. Sartre’s principle of existence precedes essence denies the notion of humans having human nature. When we are born, we first existence, and upon living our lives and experiencing the world, we come to know ourselves and learn about who we are and what we are to do.
Sartre does not agree with the idea that human beings have a sole purpose in life and must fulfill and is obligated to perform that one task. Sartre states that man is nothing else but what he makes himself to be. There is no pre-destined or pre-determined path or entity that declares him to be something before he comes into existence. Because we are free, we have the ability to choose who we want to be through identifying our purpose and aiming towards determining the meaning of our lives. I do think Sartre is denying that we have…

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