Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sartre’s Existentialism

Explain what this is after looking at the website: http://www.iep.utm.edu/sartre-ex/ Think about our modern times. Some people say that we are in times that ponder the same questions of past philosophers and writers, "Who am I, and why am I here?" Here is a modern article of Existentialism.
http://atheism.about.com/od/existentialistthemes/a/subjectivity.htm

Reflect on what you believe in in this era, 2011. Express it here:

16 comments:

  1. Today it is not very common for people to think for themselves. For many, mainly the younger generation, what is viewed on television or on the internet is what determines how one will act. For example, if a Susie see's Lady GaGa in a video and she's wearing a very skimpy outfit, there is a high chance that that young Susie will make it her task to get an outfit similar to that of Lady GaGa, not specifically because she likes the outfit, but because she think it'll earn her "brownie points" from her friends. Overall, in today's era, people are highly influenced by their surroundings, rather than thinking for themselves.

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  2. Existentialism, according to Sartre, is understanding what it is to be human instead of trying to understand the world. It's to understand who you are and why you're really here. Existentialist philosophers believe that who we are depends on our decision involving what we value, our moral standards, and our vital commitments. I don't think that people today really question who they are and why they're unless they are specifically asked or put on the spot. We kind of just live our life without questioning why. We make decisions everyday in life about which path we're going to take in life but when we do so, I don't think we consider who we are and why were here and instead just go for what we want.

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  3. I agree with Akilah and how most people of today's world are all full of themselves. Most people follow each other in life, instead of going out and finding something to do on their own. Those people who seek out different needs and wants are those who take what people say and learn from experience and use it to their advantage. Existentialism is the person thinking outside the bubble, The one who looks for a loop hole in the system. The one that never puts a negative perspective in life.

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  4. Existentialism is exactly what it sounds like. It is the state of existing. Knowing who you are and why you're here. Sartre questions and explores this philosophy a lot when he writes his plays and stories. In the Respectable Prostitute, the Senators son knew exactly who he was. He knew his family line and thats how he was defined. The prostitute was defined as a prostitute and that's how people saw her.
    In this era I think people are able to express themselves more freely. In previous eras it was not accepted to be different. We can wear what we want to school, listen to whatever music we want and we are free to express ourselves however we want. Sometimes however people don't consider the question "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" We don't take the time to look at our family lineage and ancestors. Whereas I think in the past, that's how people defined themselves. They knew where they came from and how their family got there. We're ignorant to the fact of life and I don't think we question it enough.

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  5. When looked up in the dictionary the word existentialism means to have a "philosophical attitude opposed to rationalism and empiricism, that stresses the individual's unique position as a self-determining agent responsible for the authenticity of his or her choices."
    I believe that only when people are going through hard times they truly begin to question who they are and what their purpose of being here is. Our self conscious kicks in our brains and make us ponder about what we are trying to do with our lives and help get ourselves back on track with our lives so we don't end up doing something ignorant.

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  6. People in our era, believe they are here to have a good job, make money, and live life to the fullest whatever the situation is. We don't really stop to wonder why we are here. Existentialists explain themselves as who they are by what they value, their moral standards, and there commitments. But people of this era just explain themselves as who they are by short titles and live life as best as you can.

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  7. Existentialism is a philosophical movement stressing the importance of personal experience and responsibility and the demands that they make on the individual. Today people don't think about these things in such depth as they did in Sartre's time. During Sartre's time period different titles defined who you are: religion, location, relationship, etc. But now the first thing that come to peoples' mind is their job title, who they know, and where they hangout. Just like everything else thoughts and ideas change over time.

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  8. Existentialism is how you define yourself. In today's society, people define themselves by what gender they are and what they have to do every day. In the past, people would define themselves by their religion, the country they are from, and their marital status. Today, people don't go in depth about who they really are. We don't explain our ancestry. We describe ourselves by how we want others to see us.

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  9. So I'm Clayton. I am a kid growing up in the bay area. The question "Who am i and why am I here?" is the central question to any young person growing up. The world can be a very scary, big, angry place full of hate and people that are so quick to test your boundaries and scam you out of "things" If you do not establish who you are and why you are here, you will have a tougher time in life. I think that is why this question is and always will be asked. When i talk about this question it does not come from a biological standpoint, I am referring to an individual struggling with identity. People that have a strong Identity, are observed stronger as a person by others and are messed with less. They are tested less. When my Father asks who I am, the words struggle to leave my mouth because, I'm not sure who I am. I have a hunch, no person really knows who they are or what they're doing in the life. Personally, I just do what i want when i want to. My hobbies may change and how i present myself, but my beliefs are what will always stay true, because those are the only things one can hold on to. As my Father and Scarface once said, "I've only got two things in this world, my balls and my word and i don't break 'em for nobody." The one thing i do know i want to be, is the man that can look you in the eye and shake your hand and keep that promise.

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  10. Existentialism is understanding yourself and how you express yourself to the world. There personality and lifestyle isn't changing by the people around them. The idea of existentialism has changed over time because back then people explained themselves differently. The moral standards and ethics have some what shifted over the years. That has lead to people define themselves differently such as when people ask each other "who are you" most people would answer, "i don't know". A lot of people don't really have a strong sense of self. Because so many people have so many things happening around them, they can't really define themselves with it. That could be both good and bad. With so many options it gives people a lot of choices to find themselves.

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  11. In this modern age, an age of mass media and communication, it is understandable, yet still inexcusable, for individuals to ignore the fundamental questions and insights of our existence. It often seems that our culture is more concerned with immediate gratification, rather than the righteous and immensely rewarding search for meaning and purpose in the universe. Many people subscribe to the belief that we cannot possibly understand our place in the universe, and rather than seek answers, they simply reassure themselves that some "divine creator" has an omniscient plan for us all. This is either laziness, cowardice, ignorance, or some combination of the three. Without some kind of evidence that our matter of "being" is somehow simply the predetermination of a higher being, I am left with the unshakable compulsion to search for answers to the mysteries of our existence.

    Perhaps these answers are beyond my grasp, just as they were to Nietzche, Kierkegaard, and Kafka and the greatest existentialist minds of the 20th century. In fact, it is very possible that these answers will never be fully determined. However, this does not absolve us of our obligation to discover more about ourselves, and answer the limitless questions of our world.

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  12. Back in the 1940 people were less than now, now their is way more many people then lets say back in the 1940. That is a reason why people change their Existentialism because the world got bigger. Back in the 1940 there was less people and less internement so all they can talk about is their background and the religion they have. Now a days there is soo much going on on people will describe them self as something modern time.

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  13. According to the first article existentialism is the "philosophy of existence." I think this means it is about why we are they we are and why we do the things we do. It's to have a better understand about how people are. People's existentialism is influenced by pretty much everything in one's life and everyone's lives are different. In this era it seems to me people try and follow people that they admire and glamorize, even if they don't completely understand them. It seems that people now days seem to just do the things they do with out thinking or questioning about why or what influenced them to do it. This era seems to have lost who people are or becoming and seem to just follow friends, idols, and/or traditions regardless.

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  14. In Sartre's era, a person was defined by things like their race, gender, religion, and often even their relationship to someone else. In today's society, people rarely refer to themselves as the wife to someone or as a christian for example. Instead, people would say where they work and even possibly the town where they live or what they do in their spare time. People no longer associate themselves with the things they used to. This can be because of the things people watch on television or just because race and gender has less of an effect on one's social status today.

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  15. In satre's era a person was defined by crazy things like race, gender, catholic and often even their relationship to somebody else. In
    today's society, people rarely refer to themselves as the wife to somebody or as catholic for example. Instead, people should say where they work and even possible the town where they live or where they go when they gat free time. people no longer associate themselves with the things they used to to. This can be because of the things people watch on TV or just because race gender has less of an effect of an effect on one's social status today.

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  16. Existentialism, the belief in the subjective over the objective, is a philosophy that I believe is seldom considered in today's era. Our era pertains very much to the focus of the objective, and the philosophical comprehension of the objective, or of the world around us. Everything in our lives pertains to the world, around us, whether it’s in the media, in the education systems, or other aspects of society today. It always pertains to the world around us, our relation to this vast world as a miniscule entity, and what actions must be taken to interact with the world around us. Our society gives little to no focus at all towards the subjective, or the focus on ourselves as individuals in finding out who we are and why we are here. Individuals blatantly go along with the flow of society and its dealings with the larger bodies of importance rather than focusing on themselves and trying to verify their purpose ion this world. People focus too much and what they will do ion life instead of why.

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