Good Faith and Other Essays: Perspective on a Sartrean Ethics

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Noted scholar Joseph S. Catalano here brings together his new work on Sartre's ethics with five of his classic essays on Sartre's moral thought. In an extended opening essay, Catalano uses Sartre's notion of mediation as a means to integrate the entire range of the French philosopher's moral insights. In the second half of the book, Catalano attempts to delineate a viable notion of good faith, and to distinguish between good and bad faith on the one hand and authenticity and inauthenticity on the other hand.

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Editorial Reviews

Sartre Studies International
An important work . . . a notably important contribution to Satre's scholarship . . . Catalano's ethical sketch merits the close scrutiny of all serious students of Sartre.
These [essays] are first-rate and will reward anyone interested in these topics either in themselves or as ingredient in a Sartrean ethics.
James Marsh
a very stimulating, original series of essays . . . expresses the richness and depth and maturity of a lifetime of thinking devoted to Sartre . . .
Thomas R. Flynn
an informed, critical, and careful reading . . . an impressive and important contribution.
Ronald E. Santoni
His . . . attempt here to exhibit a coherent and unified moral perspective in Sartre's overall oeuvre adds to his distinctive contributions to Sartrean scholarship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847680887
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph S. Catalano is the author of A Commentary on Jean-Paul Sartre's "Being and Nothingness" and A Commentary on Jean-Paul Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason (both from the University of Chicago Press). He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Kean College of New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Mediations: A Sketch of a Sartrean Ethics
Introductory Remarks 3
Reading the Sartrean Canon 6
Mediations: An Introduction 10
The Look 18
Reconstructing the Look 26
The "Third" and the Dimension of History 34
The Group-in-Fusion and the Apocalyptic Moment 44
Integral Humanity and Fraternity: Inventing Needs and Values 52
Conclusion: Forging a Moral Perspective 65
Pt. 2 In Search of Good Faith
1. On the Possibility of Good Faith 77
2. Good and Bad Faith: Weak and Strong Notions 99
3. Sartre: On Action and Value 113
4. Successfully Lying to Oneself: A Sartrean Perspective 127
5. Authenticity: A Sartrean Perspective 151
Index 177
About the Author 181
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