Tag Archives: Jean-Paul Sartre

Ancient Roman Existentialism?

Jean-Paul Sartre, I think, would have like this. It’s from Carlin Barton’s Roman Honor: The Fire in the Bones (pg. 32, UC Press 2001): As the art historian Bettina Bergmann points out, the Romans had a taste for moments of high tension, … Continue reading

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PZ Myers and Albert Camus: Two Very Different Kinds of Atheists Inhabiting Two Very Different Kinds of Atheism?

I think that atheism, especially at its most strident, is capable of choking its own life energies by nihilistically clearing the “ground of being” of any larger meaning, and then killing off the ontological mystery by not going to imaginative literature … Continue reading

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Albert Camus’s Concept of the Absurd

As explained by Professor Robert Solomon:

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In 1837, George Sand wrote: We cannot tear out a single page of our lives, but we can throw the whole book in the fire. I would qualify Sand’s observation by noting that many people are actually quite good at … Continue reading

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“An Outing in Nature”: A YouTube Video by Santi Tafarella

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“Makes Ya’ Think, Doesn’t It?”: Aquarium Fish Have an Existential Moment (From Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life”)

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Existential Contingency and Absurdity Explained by an “Onion Network News” Sports Video-Clip

Fully digesting the philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre, and soberly pondering Albert Camus’s famous observation that the first question of every life is whether or not to commit suicide—and then losing the opening coin toss to the Tennessee Titans—the Jacksonville … Continue reading

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Femme Fatales and a Hegelian Computer: Jean-Luc Goddard’s Must-See Film, “Alphaville”

Alphaville is at once innovative and thought provoking. Made in 1965, the film seems to inadvertently capture the French philosophical shift from Existentialism to Postmodernism. At the time of the making of this film, Sartre was “in” and Derrida was … Continue reading

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