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19 Jun 2021 11:48 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48

    • The Meaningness take: Sartre’s ghost and the corpse of God | Meaningness
      • Money graf:
        • Existentialism supposes the meaning lives inside your head (so it is subjective, internal, and individual). This is also wrong. I will explain later why meanings logically __can’t__ be subjective. They also can’t be individual: they are inherently social. Also, we don’t have perfectly free will to choose meanings. We are constrained by, and unavoidably depend upon, biology and society and culture.
      • I'm not sure this is an accurate characterization of existentialism, which was about social commitment, not mere subjectivity?
      • More:
        • ...But existentialism conclusively failed half a century ago, so the word sounds quaint and dated, and most people who adopt it now don’t realize that’s what they are doing. Many think they’ve invented a clever personal philosophy—with no clue why it won’t work....If you seriously attempt existentialism, you will fail. You cannot create your own meanings.
    • Existentialism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
      • Authenticity defines a condition on self-making: do I succeed in making myself, or will who I am merely be a function of the roles I find myself in? Thus to be authentic can also be thought as a way of being autonomous. In choosing “resolutely”—that is, in commiting myself to a certain course of action, a certain way of being in the world—I have given myself the rule that belongs to the role I come to adopt. The inauthentic person, in contrast, merely occupies such a role, and may do so “irresolutely,” without commitment.