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What is existentialism?

Asked by allen_o (1485points) February 27th, 2008 from iPhone

I’m reading “the outsider” from albert camus and it mentions existetialism on the back cover, what is this?

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lenny's avatar

basic idea behind existentionalism is very simple. There is no tomorrow. We all live and hoping that future will bring us something better we all hop foe the best. Existationalism on the other hand denies it. With tomorrow we only getting closet to the day we die which is inevitable

allen_o's avatar

wow, that sounds a bit gloomy

lenny's avatar

well read a play called ” No exit” and younwill get it all.

allen_o's avatar

I will, thanks for that

mirza's avatar

The main belief of existentialism is ”Existence precedes essenses” which means that living comes before meaning. The basic beliefs are
– We are born a blank state
– We are totally responsible for the consequence of our actions.
Past and Future are not real. Presence is reality
– Death is inevitable
We live in angst—we live with extreme anxiety because we are never sure if our choices are correct

To better understand Camus’s definition of existentialism and absurdism (which will come up later on the book) you should read a short essay by Camus called the The Myth of Sisyphus . Chances are they will make you read this in school anyways

I think Lenny‘s definition refers to a quote by Nietzsche that loosing all hope is freedom . In the quote, Nietzsche refers to hope as the future and the reason why hope can be a bad thing is that people who are obsesses with the future cannot really fully enjoy their lives by living for the moment.

lenny's avatar

mirza you are absolutely right

bea2345's avatar

If this, is existentialism, then most of us are existentialists; especially the Republican Right.

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