Viktor Frankl, a neurologist and psychiatrist, believed that between stimuli and response, there is a personal volition and will. From his experiences in Nazi death camps, Frankl came to believe that people cannot avoid pain, however they can choose how to respond to that pain. His theory of logotherapy is that man, rather than being motivated by pleasure, is the pursuit of meaning. Further, Frankl believed that man is not wholly dependent on the circumstances for his or her actions, instead having a choice. “Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather he determines himself whether he give in to conditions or stands up to them. In other words, man is self-determining. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.” (Man’s Search for Meaning, p. 131 to 134)
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Lifted from anywhere and everywhere, Albert Camus.
An anti-communist playwright, journalist, director, novelist, political essayist, activist, and vehement denier that he was a philosopher,Albert Camus.
His philosophy has been classified absurdist, continental and existential. Ultimately he raised questions such as “There is only one really serious philosophical question, and that is suicide.” “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
Social Commentator, as in not given to the actual art of psychology, although touching on related subjects enough so that he and his work may present themselves as good anecdotal material. His writings describe the innermost war that has plagued our society for the last hundred years. Existentialism with a heart. Continue reading Quotes by Albert Camus