Menneskets slåskamp med livets meningsløshed: En eksistentialistisk og postmodernistisk tilgang

Ditte Byskov Andersen, Lærke Maria Hesselvig, Isabella Hartmann Hørringsen, Cecilia Ulsøe, Sofie Heber Hahn Petersen & Linnea Thorseth

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This project is centered around the existentialistic question “what is the meaning of life?”. It is a complex and much debated philosophical issue, and the purpose of the project is not to derive an answer. The purpose is to attempt to understand, why the feeling of insignificance and meaninglessness, is a natural part of human existence. We also want to examine how individuals in our postmodern society, full of choices and opportunities, can choose to cope with these feelings, in order to live a life of contentment. Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Fight Club is portraying some of the issues involved with living a life without purpose and thrive in a postmodern world. By reading the novel from an existentialistic point of view, and analyzing the events and themes, we want to create a better understanding of what an existential crisis entails, and how the storyline compliments philosophical thoughts about our existence. Philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Søren Kierkegaard all share a lot of thoughts regarding the issue, but their opinions also vary. Through our analysis we have incorporated all of these different philosophical thoughts, and combined them with sociological theories, by Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens and Zygmunt Bauman, about postmodernity, to establish contemporary relevance. The existentialistic approach to the novel, has granted us an insight, that allows us to interpret the story and events in a disparate manner. Consequently, we have discovered that although culture and society can affect how an individual feel about their life, learning to cope with these feelings and accept meaninglessness as a condition of life, is a matter of mentality. In conclusion, this project has provided us with a philosophical contribution to the issue of meaninglessness, although there is no right or wrong answer. Life consists of dualism and provides humanity with negativity as well as positivity. In order to find meaning in a state of meaninglessness, one must accept this dualism, commit a ‘philosophical suicide’ and learn to love every aspect of existence.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2019
Antal sider59
VejledereNeel Gjørtler


  • Meningsløshed