Friday, December 16, 2011

Existentialism: Facing the Absurd

"There is only one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide"   
                                                                                —Albert Camus                                                                                                                                         
Albert Camus was an influential thinker and philosopher of 20th century. He focused on what he thought was the ultimate problem of existence, that is break down of all meaning we give to our life, and realizing the absurd nature of our existence. Such moments are dangerous and may lead to depression, dejection, and even suicide. The father of existentialism Kierkegaard was aware of this problem, and to avoid such a fate, he proposed that a person should have faith in God and live a religious life. 

Camus, however, did not support either of these options, instead he proposed that in such a situation a man should preserve by accepting it. Only by acknowledging his fate can he overcome it. Thus when faced with absurd a person should ignore it and continue to apply himself to his daily task, however meaning less or futile it may look. A similar solution was proposed by the German philosopher Nietzsche, when he said that one should learn to love his fate.  


Anonymous said...

What do you mean on Kierkegard? Leap of faith?

Yogendra Rawat said...

The question is to believe or not to believe. How far your reasoning mind can take you? At one point you must decide whether you want to believe in something or not. The moment when you decide that you do not need a proper reason for your belief, you make a leap of faith.

Yogendra Rawat said...

Kierkegaard was a Danish Philosopher (1833 - 1835)

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