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23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 1. Existentialism

[key to life is freedom and self-creation]

12 ideas
Socrates emphasises that the knower is an existing individual, with existence his main task [Kierkegaard on Socrates]
While big metaphysics is complete without ethics, personal philosophy emphasises ethics [Kierkegaard]
Speculative philosophy loses the individual in a vast vision of humanity [Kierkegaard]
The greatest possibilities in man are still unexhausted [Nietzsche]
We could live more naturally, relishing the spectacle, and not thinking we are special [Nietzsche]
Not feeling harnessed to a system of 'ends' is a wonderful feeling of freedom [Nietzsche]
Nietzsche tried to lead a thought-provoking life [Nietzsche]
To live authentically, we must see that philosophy is totally useless [Cioran]
Man is never himself; he always aims at less than life, or more than life [Cioran]
Central to existentialism is the romantic idea that there is nothing to lean on [Berlin]
It is more plausible to say people can choose between values, than that they can create them [Graham]
Existentialism focuses on freedom and self-making, and insertion into the world [Le Poidevin]