Existentialism in English Literature

Existentialism in English literature

Back in prehistoric Greece, Plato and Aristotle assumed that everything had an essence. A certain set of fundamental characteristics that are required for anything to be what it is. That object would be a different thing if those characteristics weren’t present. Now, Plato and Aristotle believed that everything, even ourselves, had an essence and they think that even before we are born, we already contain our essences. Our essence therefore provides us meaning. because our purpose when we are born is predetermined. Essentialism, as it is commonly called, was the dominant worldview until the late 19th century, and many individuals still hold it to this day.

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