Jean-Paul Sartre

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What is your reaction to Sartre's perspective on freedom? Do you find his view liberating and inspiring, or do you think it is disheartening and forlorn?

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Perhaps one of the most famous lines attributed to Sartre is "man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does." Sartre's notion of freedom comes from the idea that there is no human nature or god to explain our actions. Everything we choose to do is ultimately at the core of ourselves. Without a god or human nature, there are no moral codes that we necessarily have to follow, or biological directives that guide or provide reason for our actions. Thus, everything we do, we are responsible for. Some may attempt to remove this freedom by joining a religion or groups with specific moral directives, but Sartre calls this "bad faith" in that it...

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