"I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre
If you would like to learn about the philosophy of "existentialism," then join us on Wed. Sept. 25, 2013 at 7 pm. We are a friendly group of atheists and agnostics. Click here to see all the details:
Every philosophy teacher might have a different take as to what “existentialism” is, but many seem to think that a seminal work is the 1946 lecture by Jean-Paul Sartre called “Existentialism Is a Humanism.” It can be found online here: http://tinyurl.com/4b4jy . Sarte wrote:
“You can see from these few reflections that nothing could be more unjust than the objections people raise against us. Existentialism is nothing else but an attempt to draw the full conclusions from a consistently atheistic position. Its intention is not in the least that of plunging men into despair. And if by despair one means as the Christians do – any attitude of unbelief, the despair of the existentialists is something different. Existentialism is not atheist in the sense that it would exhaust itself in demonstrations of the non-existence of God. It declares, rather, that even if God existed that would make no difference from its point of view. Not that we believe God does exist, but we think that the real problem is not that of His existence; what man needs is to find himself again and to understand that nothing can save him from himself, not even a valid proof of the existence of God. In this sense existentialism is optimistic. It is a doctrine of action, and it is only by self-deception, by confining their own despair with ours that Christians can describe us as without hope.”
As can be seen from the above words, the idea of choosing our own life-path is of the utmost concern for "thinking people" that seek to live an authentic life.
The Center for Philosophical Naturalism is sponsoring this event, as their objective is to learn how to live decent lives from a naturalistic worldview. To see other events sponsored by this group, click here: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl . Their Facebook discussion page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/philosophicalnaturalism/ , and Twitter feed can be found here: https://twitter.com/NaturalThinkers .