Existentialism and the Meaning of Life
The message of Existentialism is about as simple as can be. It is that every one of us, as an individual, is responsible: responsible for what we do and responsible for whom we are.
If you believe that life should be a quest for values, reasons, and purpose: filled with passion and governed by individual responsibility, then yours is the sort of mind to which the Existentialist philosophers were speaking.
“Fifty years after the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre gave it its identity, and 150 years after the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard gave it its initial impetus, Existentialism continues to win new enthusiasts and, in keeping with its still exciting and revolutionary message, vehement critics.”
Existentialism has continued to exert a profound attraction for individuals driven to re-examine life’s most fundamental questions of individual responsibility, morality, and personal freedom.
- What is life?
- What is my place in it?
- What choices does this obligate me to make?
Enrich your understanding of this philosophical movement, the thinkers it brought together, and the prominent role it still plays in contemporary thought.