It's in our genes: Implications of the theory of evoluition for existentialism
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This thesis focuses on human existence from the point of view of both existentialism and the theory of evolution. On the one hand, there is existentialism which places human (in other words, conscious) existence above non-conscious existence, with humans free to decide their own essence and responsible for their actions. On the other hand, there is the theory of evolution, which does not concern itself with organisms in this way. Rather, it serves to explain the underlying process of evolution behind every organism. However, this process holds implications for existentialism, some of which support it, such as humans being thrown into this world without having any say in the matter. Then again, by looking at the genetic aspect of evolution, the implications of the way our genes function could have negative consequences for existentialism. The fact that genes decide aspects of our being before our existence implies a restriction on our freedom, specifically to decide our own essence. The influence of our genes during our lives may imply a lack of freedom concerning our actions, as any control on the side of the genes takes away control on our end. However, I will show that the way in which our genes control us is limited, especially compared to the amount of freedom we have. By drawing out these implications in this light, they cease to produce any conflict once truly understood.