Atheistic existentialists usually do not talk directly about the joyful side of existence. For atheists who do emphasize the “dark” side of our existence-suffering, guilt, absurd, despair, alienation, loneliness,uncertainty-joy is a mere illusion and is not a core principle of life. One of the most important philosophers of “atheistic existentialism”, is Jean Paul Sartre. According to Sartre, joy is possible only because of something concrete as the consciousness is always consciousness of something. He referred to joy like to an unstable and unessential state. Any ontological conception of joy is impossible for Sartre. For Sartre,the fundamental existential mood is a nausea which presupposes the meaninglessness of everthing.
Existence, Joy, Existential Joy, Emotion, Nause.