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Existentialism Philosophy

A BATR Site open for public posting on philosophical topics. Existentialism offers a path for self realization and forward thinking. Thoughtful critiques on the human experience - Paleo Politics for the real world. Now seeking original thinkers with the t

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Existential Political Therapy


In a world gone mad, the politics of disturbed behaviour has no parallel. But treatment for individual disorders is a robust field that affords troubled individuals a remedy to overcome their personal plight in the world. Maybe such an approach has an application as a destructive political illness that so often is the basis of public policy. Examine the patient and ask can the professional ‘

The Henry David Thoreau of Philosophy


Civil disobedience would never be the same after Henry David Thoreau it became a mission. Although for Thoreau a sense of duty is not in a crusade to change the world, but to achieve authenticity for oneself. The injustice of the world is a consistent fact of the human condition. Yet wrongs and righting them seems to be the calling for a culture of altruism. How much obnoxious revulsion has

American Existentialism Real or Fiction?


Were the French Existentialists correct in concluding that the "American character swaggered with confidence and naive optimism?" Sartre observed, "evil is not an American concept. There is no pessimism in America regarding human nature and social organization." Beauvoir chimed in that Americans had no "feeling for sin and for remorse." And Camus, thought Americans "lacked a sense of anguish

The Choice For Political Freedom


The existential conflict in all societies stems from the natural urge of individuals to be free, as the ruling factions seek to limit citizen choices and their inborn drive. The rationale that governments have a legitimate function and role to regulate and enforce civic conduct, so that public order can be maintained, is the universal axiom used for justifying the State. If there is an organic

The Political Philosophy of Jacques Maritain


No other modern day Christian philosopher is more traditional and consistent with time-honored values than Jacques Maritain. The embodiment of the philosophical convention of Thomas Aquinas, this twentieth century Catholic revitalizes the intellectual foundations upon which all Western Civilization is based and fosters as a culture. His relevancy has grown with every passing year. The absurdity

That Single Individual by Richard Polt


Is there a more difficult subject for a biography than Kierkegaard? It's not just that his life was outwardly uneventful and its secret events are hard to reconstruct, but that he devoted himself to dazzlingly complex explorations of personal identity. In a sense, all his writings are about him: They cannot be divorced from the existence of their author. But because he wants his readers to

Simone de Beauvoir: feminist vs. revelation


Known typically for her association with Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir exerted an enduring influence upon modern day feminism. "One is not born, but rather becomes a woman" is the primal theme in The Second Sex. Some may not deem her a major philosopher, but to humanists, socialists and Marxists, she is an original thinker. Philippe Knab deduces that in the Second Sex, “firstly, she put

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Kierkegaard as a Political Man


How can anyone be considered apolitical when his earliest writing was a polemic against women's liberation? Could he be depicted as a nineteenth century misogynist or is his intuition well-founded for the ages? In “Another Defense of Woman's Great Abilities”, using the pseudonym “A”, Kierkegaard “paints exaggerated pictures of transformations that, in his opinion, are likely to occur in the wake

The Grand Inquisitor Planet


Understanding the world is difficult at best. However, knowing how the world works is a task that can be readily recognized. The ability to grasp and admit both functions, is seldom achieved by most souls. Those who accomplish a rare and accurate comprehension of the human condition, appreciate the social conflict that permeates civilized life. Society is an invention to effect dominance. The

Nikolai Berdyaev and the Eighth Day of Creation


Freedom is a topic that consumes our modern day society. While, it is assumed, by most; that being free is natural and essential, few understand the boundaries that fix the limits of freedom. Nikolai Berdyaev may not be a well known philosopher, but his fresh outlook offers valuable insights. A Russian who in 1909 contributed to a symposium which reaffirmed the values of Orthodox Christianity was

No Escape from Existential Reality


Finally agreement! No one can dispute the reality that we all will die. Since most choose to block out this fate or find it discomforting to consider, the roots of denial are sown. Refusal to confront the one great similarity that all humans share, is a trait that has greatly affected our political and social lives. Life is to be lived, no doubt. But how you live it greatly depends upon how you



"Breaking All The Rules" is a state of mind. In order to understand its meaning, the correct essence of human nature must be known and admitted. If you fantasize that Voltaire's Candide is attainable, you are doomed to a plight of continuous confusion. Mankind is flawed at best, favors an immoral inclination and affirms a corrupt demeanor by his deeds. Perfection is reserved for the deity, while

Paul Tillich: the 'Apostle to the Intellectuals'


During this modern age few theologians have had more influence than Paul Tillich. His approach to cosmic questions dealt with the method of correlation found in science and the meaning of faith. In terms of his theological method Tillich's basic presupposition is that 'faith need not be unacceptable to contemporary culture and contemporary culture need not be unacceptable to faith' (Ford p. 88).

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"Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy... ; for to you is born this day... a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord" Rejoice! About what? Why rejoice? Babies are being murdered, fornication is being praised, homosexuality is being accepted, and it seems that the Brave New World is here. But after taking a look at the Brave New World, it seems that there is something which it still lacks. It

Religious Meaning as the Art of the Existential Experience


As any devoted person to the search for the meaning of life knows and admits, the question of God is central. The decision to accept not only the existence of God but his supremacy over the universe is the most significant decision that one can make. Those who reject this conclusion, set themselves up for a man centered cosmos. Logical evidence, intelligent arguments and rational proof are

Dasein for Authentic Conservatives


For individuals who are sincere in searching for authenticity, confronting their own prejudices is an essential step. The standard to determine if those propensities are valid, must answer the question: "is it so"? Attempts to reach an exegesis of life, needs to rely upon honesty about the texture of one’s own life and the spiritual nature that underpins our existence. Heidegger offers an

For Apolonio Latar


To answer your question why you probably would not rape the woman, it is not in your best interest. Morality has nothing to do with it. People do what they want to do, irrespective of morality. The "risk" of facing bad consequences from raping the woman may be worth it to you, maybe not. That is your choice. No one can make that choice for you; no government, no policeman, and no preacher. In



PREMIERS NOVEMBER 20, 2003 Mahler: The Man Who Was Never Born is a play which utilizes Goethe's concept of The Faustian Bargain. It is a term that I've coined to indicate an imagined, unearned gain in exchange for one's soul - a barter where-in the recipent is the looser. It is the relinquishing of one's judgement and life and when he places himself in the power of another. One does not get a "



A Response to David McDivitt I read David's latest post here at Existentialism Philosophy blog. I will try to interpret his words as charitably as possible and if I have misinterpreted some, I apologize. The words which popped into my eyes were these words: "Not only do I reject the basic premise of morality, that there exists some best, good, or appropriate way for people to be, but I reject

Deceived by the Contemporary


First of all, I reject morality outright as representing how people should behave. Morality represents how people do behave. It is contemporary, describing complex social interactions and what people expect to gain through discourse with each other. If the key here is expectation, one must ask why people have the expectations they have. Do these not change over time? There are two classes of

Democracy and the American Hero


Published by the Clairmont Institute, an essay by Thomas S. Engeman - Why The American "Frontier" Will Always Be Populated By Democratic, Christian Knights - deals with a historic theme within the American experience. The perspective of the hero within our culture has influenced more than the motion picture genre. The hero has long been considered a model for aspiration and conduct. How one

Albert Camus, Anarchism and the Individual


Few concepts are more misunderstood than anarchism. Much of the efforts of civilization have been devoted to define anarchy as chaos, disorder and turmoil. For the powers that govern, the threat of mob rule is the decisive risk to their privileged status. But is this the correct conclusion to describe the essence of anarchy? That nebulous abstraction known as society, exists as an artificial

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