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Fight Club & Philosophy

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Vivian Low

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Transcript of Fight Club & Philosophy

Trailer
An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to existence and essence, facticity and transcendence, as well as death and meaning.
Agenda
Introduction
Existentialism is a 20th century philosophical movement
Answers the meaning of existence
Free will
Freedom
Living an authentic life
Human existence is ambiguous
Facticity and transcendence
Fight Club &
Sartrean Existentialism

An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to
existence and essence
, facticity and transcendence, as well as death and meaning.
"What is meant here by saying existence precedes essence? It means that, first of all,
man exists
, turns up, appears on the scene, and,
only afterwards, defines himself
."
(Sartre,
Existentialism is a Humanis
)
Argument #1
Individuals have no personal identity.
No predefined pattern people fit into.
It is up to the individual to decide their "essence" and how they should live.
Individuals are neccessarily responsible for their actions and decisions.
Group 11
Vivian Low, Devyani Gupta, Dillon Li & Ayda Zokai

Trailer
Introduction
Thesis
Argument #1
Argument #2
Argument #3
Conclusion
Discussion*
*Free candy for participating!!!
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Thesis
Argument #1
An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to
existence and essence
, facticity and transcendence, as well as death and meaning.
An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to
existence and essence
, facticity and transcendence, as well as death and meaning.
Argument #1
Tyler demonstrates an understanding of "existence precedes essence": he encourages members to let go of false attachment to their self-indentity and instead look inwards to develop personal indentity, value and meaning.
Argument #2
“Take the example of a woman who has contested to go out with a particular man for the first time.
She knows very well the intentions which the man who is speaking to her cherishes
regarding her. She knows also that
it will be necessary sooner or later for her to make a decision
. But
she does not want to realize the urgency
; she concerns herself only with what is respectful and discreet in the attitude of her companion."
(Sartre,
Being and Nothingness
)
An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to existence and essence,
facticity and transcendence
, as well as death and meaning.
Argument #2
An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to existence and essence
,

facticity and transcendence
, as well as death and meaning.
Good faith: An individual recognizes the facticity of their circumstances and their ability to freely act based on their transcendent abilities.
Bad faith: An individual stuck in transcendence (lost in mental state, ignoring their reality or present circumstances) or stuck in facticity (caught up in present circumstances, swayed by outside forces & unable to look beyond it to create a personal identity).
Argument #2
Sartre's example of a woman acting in bad faith on a date
An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to existence and essence,
facticity and transcendence
, as well as death and meaning.
1. Bad faith: The Narrator's overall sense of self-deception regarding his feelings of permanency towards his job. Rather than transcend the facticity (or present circumstances) of his life, and leave his job to discover his true passions, the Narrator assumes he has no responsibility in his choices and denies his free will/underlying freedom to decide how he wants to live his life.

2. Bad faith: Raymond is strictly defined by his present circumstances and falsely believes he cannot transcend beyond the facticity of his situation in order to become a vet.

Argument #3
An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to existence and essence, facticity and transcendence, as well as
death and meaning
.
"I knew he was more useful to the cause than I of Spain but I thought to hell with Spain and anarchy; nothing was important. Yet I was there, I could save my skin and give up Gris and I refused to do it. I found that somehow comic; it was obstinacy. I thought 'I must be stubborn!' And a droll of gaiety spread over me."
(Sartre,
The Wall
)
Argument #3
An examination of
Fight Club
will prove the movie demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to existence and essence, facticity and transcendence, as well as
death and meaning.
Experiences will only have value for as long as you live, since it is only an individual who can give exerpiences value or existence.
Human beings are not eternal and it is an illusion that things in the world have value
We can still lead an authentic and purposeful life by living life on our own terms, by understanding that death is inevitiable and that there is actually no meaning in life apart from what we give it.
Conclusion
The presentation has shown that
Fight Club
demonstrates ideas of how to live authentically within Sartrean existentialism in relation to existence and essence, facticity and transcendence, as well as death and meaning.
Discussion Question
Do you feel the violence, anarchy and destruction/death perpetuated by members of Fight Club and Project Mayhem is neccessary to achieve individual and societal existential enlightenment? Could it be achieved by other means?

(Think of Fight Club's activities and projects, the violence enacted on the convenience store worker & the Narrator's chemical burn, as well as the general chaos enacted on city grounds, seen in the trailer)
THE END
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