Existentialism and its Role Today

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The Good Life is an expression representing how one would like to live out their life. In other words, how that person achieves happiness. The three more relevant theories that correlate to the Good Life are Daoism, Stoicism, and Existentialism. Since each person defines their happiness differently, each person has their own opinion as to whether or not what is read to be correct or not. The goal is to at least shine a light to what everyone seems drawn towards. Existentialism is an important theory to consider in order to achieve the Good Life. Although existentialism may not appeal to everyone as a reliable theory to achieve the Good Life, it does elaborate as to how existentialism can be used to attain the Good Life in the 21st century. Jean-Paul Sartre is a well-known existentialist writer who, in his article “Existentialism is a Humanism,” discusses in detail what existentialism is, “a doctrine that makes human life possible and also affirms that every truth and every action imply an environment and a human subjectivity” (Sartre 18). From this quote we can infer that, everything said and done is subject to proper judgment. Applying this to the BP Oil Spill, Sartre would say that an existentialist would belief that the decision of Offshore Drilling would cause an environment and a human crisis. Had BP known that problems would arise and had they known the damage to society on a physical and emotional level, it should be only clear that BP should have not fallen through with their decision. Sartre goes on to describe the views of an existentialist. An existentialist “states that if God does not exist, there is at least one being in whom existence precedes essence, a being whose existence comes before its essence, a being wh... ... middle of paper ... ... describes how Kierkegaard’s views gave way for a more modern view to existentialism. Existentialism is a surprisingly popular Good Life Theory today. Whether or not people have the same view of a life worth living or existentialism, existentialism can prove to be a worthwhile theory that could be used to achieve that life worth living. Works Cited Fox, Michael Allen. "Chapter 3: Kierkegaard- In Search of the Individual." The Remarkable Existentialists. Amherst, NY: Humanity, 2009. 45-69. Print. Fox, Michael Allen. Preface, “Chapter 1: What is Existentialism?” The Remarkable Existentialists. Amherst, NY: Humanity, 2009. 11-12, 13-25. Print. Jean-Paul Sartre. Existentialism Is a Humanism. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007. 18-24. Print. Camus, Albert. "Life Is Absurd." The Moral Life. By Louis P. Pojman and Lewis Vaughn. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. 578-81. Print.

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