David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Sartre Studies International 12 (1):1-17 (2006)
Jean-Paul Sartre argues that human beings are fundamentally incomplete. Self-consciousness brings with it a presence-to-self. Human beings consequently seek two things at the same time: to possess a secure and stable identity, and to preserve the freedom and distance that come with self-consciousness. This is an impossible ideal, since we are always beyond what we are and we never quite reach what we could be. The possibility of completion haunts us and we continue to search for it even when we are convinced it can never be achieved. Sartre suggests that we have to continue seeking this ideal in the practical sphere, even when our philosophical reflection shows it to be an impossibility. Sartre puts this existential dilemma in explicitly theological terms. 'God' represents an ideal synthesis of being and consciousness which remains a self-contradictory goal. This dilemma remains unresolved in his thinking.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Fiona Ellis (2013). Insatiable Desire. Philosophy 88 (2):243-265.
Similar books and articles
John M. Moreland (1973). For-Itself and in-Itself in Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. Philosophy Today 17 (4):311-318.
Alain Flajoliet (2010). Sartre's Phenomenological Anthropology Between Psychoanalysis and 'Daseinsanalysis'. Sartre Studies International 16 (1):40-59.
Reidar Due (2005). Freedom, Nothingness, Consciousness Some Remarks on the Structure of Being and Nothingness. Sartre Studies International 11 (s 1-2):31-42.
Liu Zhe (2007). Sartre on Kant in the Transcendence of the Ego. Idealistic Studies 37 (1):67-76.
Kathleen Wider (1992). The Desire to Be God. Journal of Philosophical Research 17:443-463.
Sarah Richmond (2007). Sartre and Bergson: A Disagreement About Nothingness. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (1):77 – 95.
Sander H. Lee (1985). The Failure of Love and Sexual Desire in the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. Philosophy Research Archives 11:513-519.
Stephen Wang (2007). The Ambiguity of the Self and the Construction of Human Identity in the Early Sartre. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (1):73-88.
Stephen Wang (2009). Aquinas and Sartre: On Freedom, Personal Identity, and the Possibility of Happiness. Catholic University of America Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads32 ( #129,405 of 1,911,908 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #324,434 of 1,911,908 )
How can I increase my downloads?