Understanding Sartre: Existentialism is a Humanism
Published by the Reluctant Geek
Copyright Hercules Bantas 2012
Cover image used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License: Illustration by Pouria Hadizadeh and sourced at http://pouria-h.deviantart.com/ on 19 December 2012.
Existentialism is a Humanism
Jean-Paul Sartre argues that existentialism is a humanism because, in the absence of a God to provide a moral compass and because humans are the only self-defining beings, each individual human is responsible for his or her own actions and thoughts. In essence, existentialism is a humanism because it elevates the human world above all others. In tracing Sartre's defense of his existential moral theory, the discussion will begin with how Sartre defines existentialism and what he believes it is to be an existentialist, before moving on to a examine his arguments.