Second Wave of Existentialism

A Modern Resurgence?

Many principles and themes are timeless but there is no ‘existential system’ as such to come back to. Certainly power relations exist a priori, and freedom for all would be great – if only those in power were so enlightened. What’s the incentive for masters to promote freedom for slaves? And what if those who choose to take the easy road and relinquish their freedom? Forcing others to be free is not very existential. If we are, as Nietzsche suggested, will to power, then there is a tough battle ahead. Nevertheless, Nietzsche might say that such is the role of¬†√úbermenschen, so there is hope yet and it’s a worthy struggle.

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