Existentialism & Human Nature Essay by The Research Group

Existentialism & Human Nature
Explores existentialist ideas of Nietzsche, Sartre, Freud, Jaspers on freedom, responsibility, existence vs. essence, will, God.
# 11718 | 1,800 words | 7 sources | 1996 | US


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"Existentialism is the term used to refer to a number of related philosophical points of view which began with Kierkegaard as a reaction to the abstract rationalism of Hegel. Existentialist saw the term "existentialism" as essentially meaningless, but still it does refer to certain conventions and views that link different thinkers. Existentialism first declares that existence is prior to essence. This seems a simple statement but has been difficult to explain in the different philosophical statements made by existentialists. Different philosophers have emphasized different consequences of this view.

Friedrich Nietzsche is not strictly speaking an existentialist, though some of his ideas are pre-existentialist in tone and meaning and influenced those who would follow. A..."

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