Now that we’ve left behind the philosophy of religion, it’s time to start exploring what other ways might exist to find meaning in the world. Today we explore essentialism and its response: existentialism. We’ll also learn about Jean-Paul Sartre and his ideas about how to find meaning in a meaningless world.
Philosophy is a way of thinking about the world, the universe, and society. It works by asking very basic questions about the nature of human thought, the nature of the universe, and the connections between them. The ideas in philosophy are often general and abstract.
Existential Pain is mostly used as a metaphor for suffering, but also is seen as a clinically important factor that may reinforce existing physical pain, or may even be the primary cause of pain, in agreement with the current definition of somatic symptom and related disorders. The concept is central to Theist and Atheist Existentialism.
Thomism is another philosophical school. It is the system of philosophy developed by Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic scholar. Aquinas harmonized the philosophy of Aristotle with Christian theology, creating a system that became among the most influential in history. Aquinas’ philosophy was popular during his lifetime. After his death, a small minority of Catholic leaders condemned his teachings as heresy. Their efforts reduced the popularity of his work, but only temporarily.
Philosophers have dedicated much thought to general and abstract ideas, and some ideologies. such as Marxism, have proven detrimental to humanity. Let us take a break and pick the Bible, the most read book worldwide, as our philosophical compendium.
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