Existence Precedes Essence

Alfateen Jones
Philosophy 101
Professor: C. Clark

Existence Precedes Essence

Are we all that we are, or are we prepared to be all that we are to be? My thinking comes from a rugged life style incorporated with role models non aware of my personal existence; never the less, men who have fought and put forth effort for the greater being of themselves. If not for television being in place for the lack of biblical understanding, displaying the men who I recognize as great men, I would never understand the importance of a significant existence. In essence to that I understand what is worth abiding by and what is not. Nietzsche said,

“I know my fate. One ...

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and become all that men are designed to be in existence. In essence to what we are not allowed to believe we are to be, but what can come forth from the understanding as to what can come from the capacity of one’s existence.

Firstly I would like to discuss what I am to be only in defense of my personal aspirations to be a philosopher. I would sometime argue the philosophy of all philosophers, only to prove that I am who I say I am, Philosophically and Prophetically. I lean more towards the Philosophers, whose evaluation comes from either the church or conversations of god to display my full potential. Sartre goes to the degree to present that “ in his Existentialism is a Humanism: "man first of all exists, encounters himself, surges up in the world – and defines himself afterwards." (Sartre) Bringing me to an understanding that we are of existence, only after we encounter what we are to be, and then follow out what we are to be the best we could prior to this specific ...

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the children hereafter. Does this not display essence? Heidegger then goes on to say “To exist “between birth and death,” then, is not merely to be present in each of a discrete series of temporal instants but to constitute oneself in the unity of a history, and authentic existence is thus one in which the projects that give shape to existence are ones to which I commit myself in light of this history. Though it belongs to, and defines, a “moment,” choice cannot be simply “of the moment”; to be authentic I must understand my choice in light of the potential wholeness of my existence.” With this, Heidegger has touched bases on what the potential of essences is to be in existence. ...

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