Sartre's Ethics Of Engagement / Edition 1

Sartre's Ethics Of Engagement / Edition 1

by T. Storm Heter, T. Storm Hester, Storm T. Hester
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826487815

ISBN-13: 9780826487810

Pub. Date: 06/23/2006

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most distinctive and vociferous social critics of the twentieth century. As editor of the French post-war journal Les Temps Modernes, Sartre was able to complement his literary and philosophical views with essays devoted to practical ethical and political issues. The post-war era was one of the most fruitful, exciting and

Overview

Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most distinctive and vociferous social critics of the twentieth century. As editor of the French post-war journal Les Temps Modernes, Sartre was able to complement his literary and philosophical views with essays devoted to practical ethical and political issues. The post-war era was one of the most fruitful, exciting and daring periods for Sartre's thinking.
His published and unpublished works disclose a striking feature of Sartrean existentialism. The commonly-held view is that existentialism champions radical individualism and disparages community, social roles and civic participation. This book challenges this received wisdom, showing that Sartrean existentialism is in fact a deeply social philosophy. T. Storm Heter demonstrates the vitality of Sartre's landmark essays 'What is Literature?' and 'Anti-Semite and Jew', and reveals the importance of the 'Notebooks for an Ethics', a rich and often ignored manuscript containing Sartre's most extensive discussion of ethical and political concepts.

Drawing on these sources, Heter argues that Sartrean authenticity is an ethically and politically important virtue. Contrary to popular belief, the virtue of authenticity is not a mere codeword for sincerity and personal acceptance. Authenticity requires interpersonal recognition and group participation. We cannot be authentic in a vacuum, for the very dynamic of authenticity requires that others recognize our authentic identities.
This book not only defends Sartrean ethics against charges of formalism, emptiness and extreme subjectivism, but also shows that authenticity is an important civic virtue, relevant to the social and political institutions of the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826487810
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/23/2006
Series:
Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy Series
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: Jean-Paul Sartre's View of Political ResponsibilityChapter 2: Commitment, Freedom and Reciprocity in Social GroupsChapter 3: Democratic Participation and Self-Government in America Chapter 4: Republican Visions of Law and Civil SocietyConclusionBibliographyIndex

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