Jean-Paul Sartre and Existential Choice

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I create myself as I do. The choices I make in a world without fixed values. This makes me, “me.” I am what I do. Every sincere decision I take presents a picture of what I believe any human being should be like. In fashioning myself, I fashion humanity. Jean-Paul Sartre.

The existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre thought that human beings live in anguish. Not because life is terrible. But rather because, we’re ‘condemned to be free’. We’re ‘thrown’ into existence, become aware of ourselves, and have to make choices. Even deciding not to choose is a choice. According to Sartre, every choice reveals what we think a human being should be. Narrated by Stephen Fry. Scripted by Nigel Warburton. This project is from the BBC in partnership with The Open University, the animations were created by Cognitive.

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