Existentialism is a reaction to the nihilism inherent in the death of God and secularization of Western civilization. In previous eras, man's life was given meanig by God. With science slowly disproving God, we are left with a vacuum of meaning. Since nature abhors a vacuum, various philosophers have attempted to prove that man is capable of creating his own meaning even if that meaning ultimately proves absurd.
>>7667799 I think that the god thing is maybe part of what leads people towards "existentialist" thought, but existentialism is more of a metaphysics that rejects essentia, an epistemology that emphasizes presence, and an morality of empathy.
Pretty much exactly what you get from an amphetamine binge, which is exactly what Sartre's life was.
>>7667994 As opposed to what exactly, people growing up and settling down to being religious? Existentialism seems more fulfilling than being a cuck to empty spiritualist philosophies, at least it's self-aware.
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