Writing Assignment #2: Sartre and Dewey

Posted: July 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


Below is the two assignments students chose from.

What does Sartre mean, when he says that for human beings “Existence comes before or precedes essence” (20-24)? Do you agree with Sartre’s “existence precedes essence” claim?


Dewey states that “we change character from worse to better only by changing conditions” (20). Consider how social conditions shape one’s character. Provide reasons that explain the ways in which it does OR does not.

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