The Centrality of Dasein: From Ontology to Existentialism

The early twentieth century can be viewed as a troubling time in philosophy. With the World Wars and global economic depression, it is not surprising that existentialism became a prominent school of philosophy: its interest in death, anxiety, and human authenticity certainly resonated with individuals who experienced all of these things regularly. Many popular existentialists—e.g., …

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Freedom to Pursue the Good Life 

  It  seems paradoxical to argue that Plato has a doctrine of freedom. After all, Plato repeatedly attacks democracy for its freedom. He even argues that the ideal city has very little room for the kind of freedom that is valued by the twenty-first century neo-liberalists, who view tradition, convention, and all forms of constricting …

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