"One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day." ~ 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: http://tinyurl.com/p3mnw78 .
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 . Wikipedia has this to say about the life of Sartre:
Sartre's primary idea is that people, as humans, are "condemned to be free". This theory relies upon his position that there is no creator, and is illustrated using the example of the paper cutter. Sartre says that if one considered a paper cutter, one would assume that the creator would have had a plan for it: an essence. Sartre said that human beings have no essence before their existence because there is no Creator. Thus: "existence precedes essence". This forms the basis for his assertion that since one cannot explain their own actions and behaviour by referencing any specific human nature, they are necessarily fully responsible for those actions. "We are left alone, without excuse."
Sartre maintained that the concepts of authenticity and individuality have to be earned but not learned. We need to experience "death consciousness" so as to wake up ourselves as to what is really important; the authentic in our lives which is life experience, not knowledge. Death draws the final point when we as beings cease to live for ourselves and permanently become objects that exist only for the outside world. As such, death emphasizes the burden of our free, individual existence.
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 .