Existentialism : Existentialism By: Freddy Moreno What is Existentialism? : What is Existentialism? According to Leslie Wilson, existentialism is the ability to be sensitive to, or have the capacity for, conceptualizing or tackling deeper or larger questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why are we born, why do we die, what is consciousness, or how did we get here. What is Existentialism? : What is Existentialism? Obviously, Existentialism is some deep stuff to think about.
Existentialism covers the scene of human existence.
Questioning the origins of our being, to questioning why we take our last breath and everything in between. Existentialism- A History : Existentialism- A History Once you think about it, some form of Existentialism has been around since the beginnings of man.
Early superstitions and religions came directly from people trying to explain why things worked the way they did.
Most importantly though, they tried to explain how people got here, and what happens after death. Existentialism- A History : Existentialism- A History Though not really brought up in terms of Existentialism, but definitely had impacts with it, are the Greek philosophers Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates.
A plethora of these Greek philosophers used Existentialistic reasoning to answer some of their philosophic questions.
Another early great mind that used Existentialism was Confucius. Existentialism- A History : Existentialism- A History Modern Existentialism did not really take off until the late and post World War II years.
This is when the fathers of Modern Existentialism really started to get the world to think a little differently.
The title of ‘fathers’ of Existentialism, I believe, belong to Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. Existentialism- A History : Existentialism- A History The fathers of modern Existentialism Camus and Sartre may be, but they completely different point of views of it. (They both worked in theater by the way)
Camus believed in a universe in which love and truth could be held in existence.
According to Andy Martin, Camus did not really have much evidence for what he believed in, but he wouldn’t stray from his beliefs. Existentialism- A History : Existentialism- A History And then we got Jean-Paul Sartre.
In Sartre’s mind, human relationships came down to two things: Sadism and Masochism.
Contrary to Camus’s world of truth and love, according to Martin, Sartre loved living in Paris in 1943, during the Nazi occupation.
Sartre says he felt “Strangely at home in a universe of terror, torture, betrayal, and murder.” How can Existentialism be used? : How can Existentialism be used? After Camus and Sartre published a couple of books, Existentialism became a popular philosophy.
Obviously, Existentialism can be used to ponder many of the great questions people want to ask.
Existentialism can also help make connections with different experiences and knowledge. How can Existentialism be used? : How can Existentialism be used? People who use Existentialist reasoning, see the big picture of things.
Seeing the big picture can help people look closer into seeing the detail of any sort of subject. Resources : Resources Wilson, L. (2005) Newer Views of Learning: Exploring The Ninth Intelligence-Maybe
N/A (2000) Existential Intelligence: (Aristotle, Confucius, Einstein, Emerson, Plato, Socrates)
Martin, A. (2008) Autism, Empathy, and Existentialism