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Is live worth living That depends on the liver is quite an anonymous but knowledgeable quote Though this may seem a more modern way of viewing life itself this quote actually resembles that of a much older perspective that of an existentialist Existentialism is essentially the philosophy that life is meaningless unless one defines that life Two philosophers actively involved in this position were Soren Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre While both can be considered existentialists in that the quote above encompasses much of their beliefs both of these men have significant differences in the way in which they view all fields of philosophy metaphysics epistemology and axiology However though I am not personally an existentialist my life in terms of existentialism has been influenced by both Kierkegaard and Sartre despite their discrepancies One major difference between the two is that Sartre is an atheist This metaphysical position is the basis for many of Sartres existentialist opinions on other aspects of philosophy To further explain the fact that there is no God leads to the fact that there is no such thing as human nature and no common ground on which we would all be able to relate In other words human nature cannot be defined in advance because it has not been thought out in advance by some higher being who would have created mankind The fact that human nature does not exist indicates that each persons meaning in life is discovered on hisher own and each person forges hisher own destiny With this active role in life each person retains an individual burden which affects all others Sartre wrote Man is condemned to be free because once thrown into the world he is responsible for everything he does and Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed because it involves all mankind Both of these quotes reflect this aspect of liberty and consequence which one faces In contrast to
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