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Crash Course Philosophy - Existentialism

Crash Course Philosophy - Existentialism

(8:53) Meaning in a meaningless world. A quick guide to existentialism. Crash Course YT channel

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Editing out the natural gaps in speech make this difficult to enjoy.

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Editing out the natural gaps in speech make this difficult to enjoy.

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So, it seems I am existentialist in outlook. Next they'll say I've been speaking prose all my life.

I didn't agree with some of the points. Existentialism means "anything goes." If I choose to live my life by following Jesus or Marx or whoever, how can existentialism say that is "wrong?" How can existentialism demand that I be "authentic?" Who made existentialism — the non-existence of bosses — my boss?

It seems obvious to me that if searching for meaning in their lives is what people do, then their purpose is to seach for meaning. The problem they have is that they have defined meaning in such a way that they can't find it. They have defined meaning as something that arrives from an external origin.

They delegate the search upwards to their boss or to god, but that isn't satisfactory, because their boss or god then has the same question: what am I for? And there is no ultimate answer if the origin must be external.

Interesting talk, though. What shall I do next?

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So, it seems I am existentialist in outlook. Next they'll say I've been speaking prose all my life.

I didn't agree with some of the points. Existentialism means "anything goes." If I choose to live my life by following Jesus or Marx or whoever, how can existentialism say that is "wrong?" How can existentialism demand that I be "authentic?" Who made existentialism — the non-existence of bosses — my boss?

It seems obvious to me that if searching for meaning in their lives is what people do, then their purpose is to seach for meaning. The problem they have is that they have defined meaning in such a way that they can't find it. They have defined meaning as something that arrives from an external origin.

They delegate the search upwards to their boss or to god, but that isn't satisfactory, because their boss or god then has the same question: what am I for? And there is no ultimate answer if the origin must be external.

Interesting talk, though. What shall I do next?

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I sleep about a third of the time, while I search for the meaning of life less than 1% of the time. I guess sleeping must be the purpose of my life then? Screw philosophy, metaphysics and astrology, your approach is much easier.

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I sleep about a third of the time, while I search for the meaning of life less than 1% of the time. I guess sleeping must be the purpose of my life then? Screw philosophy, metaphysics and astrology, your approach is much easier.

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