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What is Existentialism?
The basic tenet of existentialism is that we are born without a purpose into a world that makes no sense. It is within each person to create a sense of meaning and peace. * Let us discuss this topic by answering the following questions. *What is existentialism? Do we have a commonly accepted definition? Who were the 19th and 20th philosophers who were considered important contributors to this philosophy? Let us compare and contrast their contributions. Let us discuss the key concepts: absurdity, anxiety, alienation, ubermensch, subjectivity. This is not a complete list. Please do not hesitate to speak about other concepts and ideas. In our lives, we have all heard the phrases ‘existential question’ and ‘existential crisis’. Have you asked yourself an ‘existential question’? Probably during an ‘existential crisis’? Please feel free to post links that are relevant to this topic. However, let us not engage in lengthy online discussions or debates. References: PS: Fair Use, Cartoon :

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    This is a group for people who like to meet for a couple of hours in a relaxed atmosphere and talk (or just listen) about big ideas, mostly by asking questions and refining them. It is free, open for everyone and follows the common format of Socrates Cafes around the world. But most important it is just fun… of course, for those who actually enjoy intelligent conversations and can’t live without examining reality, society and life. The idea is to bring philosophy to the masses, to start socializing and form community of inquiry in process. This is exactly what Socrates-style of philosophy is about, but in practical terms it simply means a discussion group with emphases on questions, not the answers (which makes it different from university philosophy courses, self-help books and political/religious/new age movements). There are no speakers, no gurus, no high-minded monologues, no arrogant “experts” with indecipherable jargon and monopoly on right answers, no homework and no preparation. It is just and exchange of opinions on selected topic by simple (and not so simple :-) people. It is inherently democratic place where your opinion is on equal terms with the ones expressed by Nietzsche, Socrates or a guy around the corner… There is a moderator to channel conversation, loosely defined and very simple Socratic method of inquiry to guide participants and some basic rules: courtesy to others, observance of a topic of discussion and avoidance of any type of proselytism ). For more information read article about Socrates Café in "Ottawa Citizen" and FAQ on About page at

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