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Sartres Existentialist View Jean-Paul Sartre says man is nothing else but what he makes of himself 762 This existentialist view depicts the idea that one is not based on the essence of a soul but rather based on decisions made throughout life Sartre also believes that every man is responsible for all men One may choose his marriage partner however in choosing to marry one chooses monogamy Decisions that individuals make will collectively create a set of principles and beliefs for all of man Many people believe that a persons decisions are a reflection of his soul and personality However it is more likely that the conclusion a person reaches is due to the influence of different ideas as well as the circumstances surrounding the choices One does not have an innate essence but instead the choices that a person makes constantly shape his character which in turn creates his essence Decision-making is based on many different conditions and controlling factors that exist at the time of conflict People take into consideration the thoughts and opinions of others hindering the idea of an individuals essence If an essence really existed another persons thoughts would not affect someone elses Instead a person makes choices from birth and the different decisions that one chooses form a pattern and creates ones character Sartre also says Man is nothing else than his plan he exists only to the extent that he fulfills himself he is therefore nothing else than the ensemble of his acts nothing else than his life 769 This exemplifies the point that man is the product of his actions and has complete control over his own life The soul and personality that are given to a person do not limit him in his actions the judgments that he makes depict the type of person that he is Therefore the essence does not create the man the man creates his essence
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