EppsNet Archive: Existentialism

How Are You Doing?

24 Sep 2016 /

I feel like I’m confronting the challenges of existence pretty effectively, with the following exceptions: the inevitability of death, freedom and its attendant responsibility, existential isolation, and meaninglessness.


Happy 170th Birthday, Friedrich Nietzsche!

15 Oct 2014 /
Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882

To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities — I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not — that one endures.


What is the Way?

29 Jul 2014 /

This is now my way: where is yours?’ Thus I answered those who asked me ‘the way’. For the way – does not exist!

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
 

The Renaissance Man

29 Dec 2008 /

I’m looking at these last few posts where I’ve strung together W.H. Auden, John Dewey, Meat Loaf and Franz Kafka, not with any sense of purpose, just things I’ve read or listened to on my winter break.

What a renaissance man I am!

Why, if you were here, we could talk about poetry, education, philosophy, sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, existentialism . . . and we’d have a good time too, considering we’re all going to die . . .