Jean-Paul Sartre

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Sartre says, "when we say that a man is responsible for himself, we do not only mean that he is responsible for his own individuality, Sartre says, "when we say that a man is responsible for himself,...

Sartre says, "when we say that a man is responsible for himself, we do not only mean that he is responsible for his own individuality,

Sartre says, "when we say that a man is responsible for himself, we do not only mean that he is responsible for his own individuality, but that he is responsible for all men" (paragraph 1). write an essay explaining how, in the framework of existentialist befiefs, this paradoxical statement is true.

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Existentialism does not occur in a vacuum.  Granted, it is not a church or a prescriptive ideology, but it is born by a community into a community.  Paul Tillich says it is the "natural ally of religion."  It is a revolt against traditional philosophy, but it still a public discourse.  Sartre's statement is his hope that existentialism will be carried into the world, not isolated from it.

Existentialism helps an individual determine himself from within instead of being determined by others or outside forces.  But, according to Sartre, this self-determintation and newfound freedom may go to far, at the cost of public responsibility.  To guard against this,...

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