Monthly Archive: June 2014

Existentialism 7

The Essence of Existentialism: Existence Precedes Essence—or Does it?

Examining the existentialism of John-Paul Sartre. A familiar old sentence presents itself once again as Sartre tries to encapsulate his philosophy: “Existence precedes essence.” To set up this philosophically-stoked phrase, Sartre argues that without God and a “heaven of ideas,” we cannot ground the idea of a set human nature. This is simply because there is no God to create us according to his design plan or blueprint