MNA Monthly Mtg: Exploring Existentialism, April 18th, 1 p.m., Ridgedale Library

Existentialism, as defined and described by Jean-Paul Sartre, is a lucid, compelling account of what it means to live a meaningful life in a world devoid of ultimate meaning. His famous dictum “existence preceded essence” says it all: by accepting the fact of our existence and by acting appropriately on it, one can fashion an identity far truer than the one imposed by religion, the state, or other presumptive authorities.

Our April meeting will feature Nick Pease, adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and founder and CEO of Pease Prose Services. Pease will talk on the topic of existentialism, especially as it relates to a freethinking, atheistic worldview. Pease will argue that existentialism is “applied atheism,” and has been presenting it as such for decades as part of his humanities courses. Additionally, Pease will consider Sartre’s ideas and their relevance to our daily lives. Please join us!

Come early and stay late to meet and mingle with old and new friends, and join us afterwards for an early dinner at Wanderer's Garden, a nearby Chinese restaurant that features a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet.

Sunday, April 18, 2010
1:00-1:15 p.m. - Social Time
1:15-1:45 p.m. - Minnesota Atheists Business Meeting
1:45-2:00 p.m. - Social Time
2:00-3:30 p.m. - Presentation and Q and A
4:00 p.m. - Dinner at Wanderer’s Garden Restaurant

Wanderer’s Garden Chinese Buffet Restaurant
13059 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55305

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  • Jack C.

    A fine presentation, as thought-provoking as any I've attended.

    April 19, 2010

  • Bob S.

    The presentation provided me with some additional insight into that emotional journey from the indoctrination of Catholicism to the realization that I alone am responsible for my code of ethics and behavior. Now that I have made that transition complete, I do feel much better about myself. This presentation also made me more aware of the emotional damage that religion inflicts on its victims and how it delays maturation.

    April 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation and discussion!

    This meeting brought-up the assertion that we all may live life more passionately and authenticly, by overcomming some of the existential obstacles present, including (but certainly not limited to)angst, despair, and alienation.

    Bottom line:

    Quality of life (for both the individual and "peoplekind") may be improved by acknowleging that we all have freedom of choice, but not freedom from choice, as many may assert. Sartre's story and viewpoint were very well presented in the limited amount of time that we had available. It was a privilege to attend!

    April 18, 2010

  • Dawn M.

    I really enjoyed this, and because of the intelligent comments and questions I thought about it for quite a while afterwards. What I took away from it was that Existentialism is really a personal code of ethics born of a particular perspective, not a form of governance. Mr. Pease repeated the words 'individual' and 'personal' several times to emphasize this. Hence, two people acting with integrity can be in conflict, at which time they can either agree to disagree, or, if one of them feels their rights are being violated, take their grievances to court. Great presentation in a terrific venue. Wish I could have gone to dinner.

    April 18, 2010

  • Erica K

    Great talk and discussion

    April 18, 2010

  • DaveB

    Enlightening presentation, thoughtful discussion.

    April 18, 2010

  • Paul C.

    enlightening, educational, thought provoking

    April 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentation that engaged the audience.

    April 18, 2010

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