What is existentialism?
- It a philosophical doctrine that does not believe in traditional idea of "Essence preceeds existence". In stead it says "Existence preceeds Essence"
I have a question that is not answered nutrally by anyone. Does existentialism makes a way out for post-modernism. I dont know actually. But for last couple of years i have gone through some of the ideas regarding exietentialism. Plz post your ideas abt existentialism, its relationships with post-modernism & ethics. thanxThe picture shows Jean Paul Sartre & Simone De Beauvoir. Probably these two people were greatest ever friends throuout their lives. There is a nice story abt Sartre regarding existentialism:
In the time of World War II France was attacked by the Germans. One day a young man came to Sartre asking for advice. His mother lost her husband in World War I and her eldest son was killed by the NAZI's six months ago. He was in a conflict. He could not decide what to do at that time. His mother was in deep shock & she wanted him to stay with her. On the other hand France was in great trouble and he wanted to join the war. In this situation Sartre denied the boy to give any advice. Sartre believed(not actually like religious beliefs) & practiced existentialism and knew that, a being(of course human) has its own selection skill defined by his existence or how he had grown his deductive powers without being bound to any morality but of his own. Sartre let the young man decide himself. It was hence the true practice of Existentialism.
Actually I am not a good story teller. Even though I took it from a book that I read before. I had to translate it to English. Any one willing to study existentialism can read Sartre's "Being & Nothingness" or the plays. By the way Sartre was one of the two men who rejected Nobel proze. Guess why?