Lists with This Book. This was assigned for the Philosophy of Existentialism taught by Howard Burkle. Although he became head of the new Religion Department at Grinnell College, this course was taught under the Department of Philosophy.
The fact that I remember them all bespeaks the positive impression the class made and I did quite enjoy all the readings--even, surprisingly, Kierkegaard--except for one. The one I didn't like was the Sartre collection, titled in this edition Essays in Existentialism, but originally published as The Philsophy of Existentialism. Looking at it, I find a lot of tiny marginalia, particularly in the sections about psychology.
I simply couldn't reoncile Sartre's views with those I'd been picking up reading what he terms "the classical psychologists" and the psychoanalysts, particularly as regards the heuristic of the unconscious. I remember sitting in my room on a cold night, feverishly penning questions and criticisms in the margins, wondering how he could be so dense--or I so ignorant, as not to get it. Now, of course, I suspect it was over my head at the time like so many readings were.
I find a bibliographical note praising the introduction to this volume. View all 5 comments. Apr 01, the gift rated it really liked it Shelves: Part I is comprised of the Sartre-ssentials: Perhaps a dive into Being and Nothingness is in order, but the passages on bad faith are indispensable. Part III offers a phenomenological attack on psychology and those pesky psychoanalys Part I is comprised of the Sartre-ssentials: Part III offers a phenomenological attack on psychology and those pesky psychoanalysts.
Part IV was unreadable for me, personally. I could not make heads or tails of this lengthy essay on all things Epistemological. I've no opinion or suggestion to offer, I was forced to skip it. Part V is undoubtedly the most interesting section of this collection: Sartre's essays on writing, one painter, one sculptor, and one movement-capturer, are frantic, digressive, rambling scratchings on the lives, work, emotions, and philosophical trappings of artists.
Wholly unique essay style which one can engorge on. Feb 10, Joshua Dunlap rated it really liked it. A fantastic collection of essays from one of the most brilliant existentialists. Highly recommend for fans of existentialism or for someone looking to learn more about it. Jul 14, Ian Caveny rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this book - an introduction, perhaps, or an overview of Sartre - alongside, of all things, the Apostle Paul and the Book of Romans.
The two make an incredible pair. I said to a friend: Sartre seems to be mistaken whenever he confronts God, speaking antagonistically toward the I read this book - an introduction, perhaps, or an overview of Sartre - alongside, of all things, the Apostle Paul and the Book of Romans. Sartre seems to be mistaken whenever he confronts God, speaking antagonistically toward the God of Plato and the God of Bad Calvinists, not realizing that his system is, perhaps, more Christian than he would like.
More on that elsewhere. The book makes a nice collection, moving from Sartre's basic existentialist principles to Freedom and Responsibility and then on to Bad Faith. I found all this philosophy section to be incredibly intriguing and exciting. When he switched over to Psychoanalysis and afterward the Imagination, I found him to be an utter bore.
He misreads Freud - a cardinal humanist sin, but all to common even these days - and takes for granted that his Bad Faith is fundamentally distant from the Unconscious. They are closer than he makes it sound. Likewise, and on a similar vibe, the Imagination writings are tone-deaf compared to Lacan and his lineage Which will make Fanon's combination of Sartre and Lacan in particular so powerful.
But those sections, while being the middle third of the book, were thankfully soon forgotten by the final section, which were essays on Art, specifically on Tintoretto, Giamcometti, and Calder. Here my own interest in Space, fueled by Bachelard and Einstein, brought me an even greater delight in enjoying Sartre's expositions of Giamcometti's sculptures. The essay on Tintoretto and Venice was also very enjoyable. Those final essays to me seemed particularly piquant, as they previewed how Sartre's Being and Nothingness can manifest in art critique.
I have more to say about Sartre, especially his philosophy and relating it to the Book of Romans, but that will be a blog post, I'm sure. In The Flies, this person is represented by the Tutor. This man is not happy. But he lacks the courage to take responsibility for his actions. He obeys other people. He is the one who suffers from "nausea. This man suffers from freedom. He has the nobility to use freedom for the betterment of his life. He is the one whom Sartre admires.
He has a responsibility before other citizens for his actions. By acting, he creates a certain essence for society "by choosing for oneself, man chooses for all men" ; any action which one takes affects the rest of humanity.
From the moment when man makes a choice, he is committed. One must not renege on one's responsibility as does Electra in The Flies , nor must one place the responsibility for one's actions onto the shoulders of someone else. Man should not regret what he has done.
An act is an act. The image they have of you may not correspond to the one you have of yourself. But you can't do without them because only they can tell you who you are. Man does not always understand the motives behind his actions; therefore, he needs others to help in this process.
But there is relief; man can say to himself: Sartre offers four ways of defending oneself from the torture of "the others":. One can isolate oneself from them, go to sleep, commit suicide, remain silent, or live in obscurity; disguise: One can try to fool others, lie to them, give a false image, resort to hypocrisy;.
A dictator can put people in prison to prevent them from saying what he doesn't want to hear. Sartre concludes that if any of the above four conditions prevail s , one finds oneself in circumstances that are hell.
He must take a stand, make choices, commit himself to his beliefs, and create meaning through action. Sartre is in favor of an engaged literature, of art that has a goal, a purpose. As with a man shooting a gun in the air or directly at a target, it's better to have a target, a message. The readers should feel their responsibilities; the author should incite the readers to action, infuse an energy into them.
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