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Single Idea 3842

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 5. Existence-Essence]

Full Idea

Existentialism says that existence comes before essence - or, if you will, that we must begin from the subjective.

Gist of Idea

Existence before essence (or begin with the subjective)


Jean-Paul Sartre (Existentialism and Humanism [1945], p.26)

Book Reference

Sartre,Jean-Paul: 'Existentialism and Humanism', ed/tr. Mairet,Philip [Methuen 1980], p.26