: Existentialism.

11-25-08, 09:03 PM
Existence precedes essence.

As Sartre puts it in his Existentialism is a Humanism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existentialism_is_a_Humanism): "man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards."

n. A philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe, regards human existence as unexplainable, and stresses freedom of choice and responsibility for the consequences of one's acts.

11-25-08, 09:13 PM
Did you learn a new word?
Existentialism is humanism. The writer of Ecclesiates also pondered the questions of meaning and existence, but he came to a different conclusion. His solution was the acknowledgement of the existence of a personal Creator Who revealed Himself. His essence precedes existence and gives life meaning.