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Absolute Responsibility for All Jean-Paul Sartre 1905-1980 was a French philosopher who believed in existentialism He was also an atheist He used literature to convey his message of existentialism to the public In III Freedom And Responsibility of his essay Being and Nothingness 1943 Sartres argument states that since there is no God human beings must give meaning to their own lives That we alone are the incontestable authors of an event or of an object 707 Absolute responsibility is simply the logical requirement of the consequences of our freedom 708 Sartres argument of being mobilized in war is consistent with his theory of absolute responsibility His theory also says there can be no regrets no remorse and no complaining that all our choices belong to us Sartres theory does not however say when this absolute responsibility belongs to the person Does absolute responsibility begin from birth age 5 10 15 21 How would Sartre have reacted to the case of Daniel Scruggs and his mother This theory does not take into account the society into which one is born and the certain oppressions placed on the individual Existentialism is a 20th century movement in philosophy that focuses on human existence in an everyday context Existentialism looks at human beings existence and actual life situations Sartre believes that since we are condemned to be free 707 we are responsible for making our own choices thus we should be accepting and aware of the consequences of those choices Absolute responsibility is the consequence of choice and freedom Sartre states that human existence is characterized by nothingness Unaided by society traditional or religious morality there are no general or moral guidelines thus no rules to follow Without religion human beings must give meaning to their own lives and accept absolute responsibility for their own actions We are all condemned to be free 707 and there is no escape from this freedom Sartre believes a necessity for
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