Philosophical thinking that begins with the human subject—not merely the thinking subject, but the acting, feeling, living human individual. Kirkegaard argued that “each individual—not society or religion—is solely responsible for giving meaning to life and living it passionately and sincerely, or authentically.”
While the predominant value of existentialist thought is commonly acknowledged to be freedom, its primary virtue is authenticity. What others tell you to believe should be subordinate to the existence of your True Self. People should be defined only insofar as they act and take responsibility for their actions.
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