Heidegger And Sartre 's The Existential Thinking

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We will be concern with the idea of authenticity in the world and how it tend to confounds our day-to-day existence, which allows for a lack of discipline and consistency in our social world. I will argue that even if it may conflict with the moral values of all persons, the notion of authenticity in existentialism is, nevertheless, sound in its approach to understanding the world and being. I will show that authenticity, especially from the perspective of Heidegger and Sartre, attempts to come to terms with the conscious self being in the material world and confronting the external pressures, influences and forces that differ from oneself, thus being a influential concept in the existential thinking. Lastly, I will defend this…show more content…
On the one hand, this notion of authenticity suggest that being authentic is about removing oneself from the social world in order to focus on the internal individual. On the other hand, Heidegger finds that authenticity is a matter not being in touch with oneself, but rather becoming more intensely connected to the world of one’s own surroundings. What the example above is trying to prove is that humans aren’t truly absorbed with themselves and the possibilities of their life; ultimately they live in a continuous vortex of an inauthentic life. However, humans need to take over the concrete roles and possibilities floating around them in the social world to become human in the sense of being agents capable of making meaningful choices and understanding what is at stake in life. Heidegger acknowledges that humans tend to go with the flow, engage in the mundane chores and routines approved by society, yet because of this, he admits that life becomes a series of never ending sequences. The existence of humans becomes just one mere sequence of means-end strategies with no overarching unity or cohesiveness, thus blind from the bigger picture. Evidently, his argument on authenticity is about humanity need to get in touch with the possibilities of the world; nonetheless, he thinks that to become

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