The Existential Stance

Existence precedes essence.

—Jean-Paul Sartre (1965, p. 35)

Existential philosophy offers a great deal to the coach who can effectively pick and choose among the many views subsumed under the title of existentialism. This is no easy task, as the existential literature is varied and often complex, meaning different things to different people. The parable of the blind men comes to mind, as they describe an elephant differently based upon whether they felt the trunk or the ear or the tail or the tusk. More often than not, existential ideas are presented in a fictional form, and authors are unwilling to interpret them for readers. Those who subsequently explain their fiction typically do so in language nearly impossible ...

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