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Single Idea 6867

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 1. Existentialism]

Full Idea

I take existentialism to be the focus on the freedom and self-making of the human being, and his or her insertion into the world.

Gist of Idea

Existentialism focuses on freedom and self-making, and insertion into the world


Robin Le Poidevin (Interview with Baggini and Stangroom [2001], p.222)

Book Reference

Baggini,J/Stangroom,J: 'New British Philosophy' [Routledge 2002], p.222

A Reaction

I take 'self-making' to be the key here. If neuroscientists somehow 'proved' that there was no free will, I don't see that making any difference to existentialism. 'Insertion' seems odd, unless it refers to growing up.