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Existentialist Themes Of Anxiety And Absurdity

1709 words - 7 pages

Existentialist Themes of Anxiety and Absurdity

In a world with such a vast amount of people there exists virtually
every different belief, thought, and ideology. This means that for every
argument and every disagreement that their exists two sides of relative equal
strength. It is through these disagreements that arguments are formed.
Arguments are the building blocks in which philosophers use to analyze
situations and determine theories of life. For the purpose of this paper I will
try and argue my personal beliefs on a specific argument. This argument is
presented in a form of a question and upon examination of the contents of this
question, several different and unique questions arise. In order to support my
theory as to the answer to this question I will attempt to answer the three
subquestions which deal less with the content of the question itself and more
with the reaction to reading the question. Also key to the support of my theory
is the concept of existentialism. I will go into the foundations of this
ethical theory throughout the remainder of this paper. Subquestion one, “E -->
C”, simple asks whether it is true or false that if you have an ethical theory
then does it have to be consistent. Subquestion two, “(?) --> H”, poses the
idea of what makes up the essence of being a human being. Subquestion three, “E
--> (H --> M)”, asks whether it is true or false that it is ethical to assume
that humans should be given moral priority over animals.

I order to support my interpretation and answer the topic question, I
will try to explain my personal ethical theory. We were given several different
theories in which to emulate or pick pieces of in order to define such words
which have different meanings to different people. For such vague words such as
`right' and `wrong', the context in which they are presented are vital pieces in
order to define them. It is my belief, and a necessary requirement of this
paper to somehow define these two words. It is obvious that these two words
must be opposites of each other. Therefore, the understanding of one will
easily lead to the understanding of its opposite. However, the words themselves
will never be anything more than five letters grouped together. This is because
your ethical theory and someone else's ethical theory could possible conflict
causing for a discrepancy in the definitions of these words. Therefore,
throughout this paper I will try not to use such vague words such as `right' or
`wrong'.

     Most of the Philosophers and ethical theories presented in Sober held
that the highest ethical good is the same for everyone. Kierkegaard, who was
the first writer to call himself existential, reacted against this tradition by
insisting that the highest good for the individual is to find his or her own
unique vocation (Web 2). I agreed with many of the different ideas of the
ethical theories but I was not able to overlook the ever present idea...

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