An Absurd View on Existentialism Absurdism (Camus): Myth of Sisyphus In philosophy, "The Absurd" refers to the conflict between the

human tendency to seek inherentmeaning in life and the human inability to find any. In this context absurd does not mean "logically impossible," but rather "humanly impossible."[1] The universe and the human mind do not each separately cause the Absurd, but rather, the Absurd arises by the contradictory nature of the two existing simultaneously. Camus Quotes: No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised to see our names linked..." "The struggle itself...is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." Does the realization of the meaninglessness and absurdity of life necessarily require suicide? "my appetite for the absolute and for unity" meets "the impossibility of reducing this world to a rational and reasonable principle." Ancient wisdom confirms modern heroism. One does not discover the absurd without being tempted to write a manual of happiness. There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night. The job assigned to Sisyphus is meaningless, and he knows this, but he still tries to make something meaningful out of it. In absurdist philosophy, the Absurd arises out of the fundamental disharmony between the individual's search for meaning and the apparent meaninglessness of the universe.

Existentialism (Sartre): Existentialism Is a Humanism

Existentialism is a term applied to the work of a number of 19th and 20th-century philosophers who, despite profound doctrinal differences,[1][2] generally held that the focus of philosophical thought should be to deal with the conditions of existence of the individual person and his or her emotions, actions, responsibilities, and thoughts.[3][4] The early 19th century philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, posthumously regarded as the father of existentialism,[5][6] maintained that the individual is solely responsible for

while absurdism would say it doesn¶t matter if the glass is half full or half empty because we will never know what¶s in the glass. Man will only attain existence when he is what he purposes to be. No pre-established morality. while both arriving at different conclusion. So we have to start off making a clear distinction between Existentialism and Absurdism. alienation. when in reality they both encompass similar philosophical concepts. absurdity.[9] Sartre: Two types of existentialist: Christians & Atheist (Gabriel Marcel & Heidegger) Sartre was an Atheist Existence comes before essence Begin with the subjective Production precedes existence Each individual man is the realization of a certain conception which dwells in the design understanding. surges up in the world. .[7][8] in spite of many existential obstacles and distractions including despair. Existentialists would say the glass glass is half full. They¶re are not the same and it¶s too easy to say that absurdism is a branch of existentialism. Nothing can be better for us unless it be better for all In fashioning myself I fashion man.giving his or her own life meaning and for living that life passionately and sincerely. and boredom. and defines himself afterward. encounters himself. Man first of all exists. Man is what he wills. angst.

which would be. seeking a purpose may very well have meaning (both share this view). and most people assume the same view of Camus. it really isn¶t a matter for them if the glass is half full or half empty. however. Both French . while. but still impossible to know. Absurdists say that is impossible to figure out the meaning of life. more as you as an individual don¶t have a purpose. Enter definitions of existentialism and absurdism On the syllabus. it doesn¶t matter if the glass is half full or half empty because we will never know whats in the glass. we have Sartre wedged in the same reading group as Camus.Albeit existentialist are optimistic in their approach. and I assume this was done so because Sartre was a known existentialist. Existentialists say this meaning is subjective and is up for the individual to decide. (insert Camus quote) Philosophy at its most basic root is the purpose of trying to find meaning in life. until you drink whatever¶s in the glass. Which is layered with more optimism then the absurdist point of view.

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