Unfinished Projects: Decolonization and the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre

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In this major rereading of Sartre's life and work, Paige Arthur traces the relationship between the philosopher's decades-long commitment to decolonization and his intellectual thought. Where other commentators have focused on the tensions between Sartre's Marxism and his account of existential freedom-usually to denigrate one in favor of the other-Arthur shows that Sartre's political engagement with global liberation movements and his philosophical framework were inextricably ...

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Overview

In this major rereading of Sartre's life and work, Paige Arthur traces the relationship between the philosopher's decades-long commitment to decolonization and his intellectual thought. Where other commentators have focused on the tensions between Sartre's Marxism and his account of existential freedom-usually to denigrate one in favor of the other-Arthur shows that Sartre's political engagement with global liberation movements and his philosophical framework were inextricably intertwined.

Closely following the postwar movements for decolonization, and then supporting the war of independence in Algeria, Sartre proposed an influential and uncompromising view of imperialism. Analyzing the Western attitude to the "subhuman" colonial subject, he offered an account of the social constraints applying to both ruler and ruled, and came to argue that political violence-on both sides-was a systematic consequence of the colonial order. Arthur's rich and nuanced book locates Sartre within the political discussions of his time, while also looking forward to contemporary debates about new forms of imperialism and resistance.

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Editorial Reviews

New Political Science
“In this fine book Paige Arthur systematically examines from a fresh perspective a second political engagement of Sartre’s: as a critic of colonialism and neo-colonialism and as a supporter of Third World liberation struggles.”
Samuel Moyn
“In this innovative and exciting book, Paige Arthur recasts the story of twentiethcentury intellectual life by retrieving its global contexts and shattering convenient myths… Sartre’s anticolonialism proves in Arthur’s sophisticated rendition far richer and more complex than snide dismissals of his ‘totalitarian’ impulses have allowed.”
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“In this innovative and exciting book, Paige Arthur recasts the story of twentieth-century intellectual life by retrieving its global contexts and shattering convenient myths... Sartre’s anticolonialism proves in Arthur’s sophisticated rendition far richer and more complex than snide dismissals of his ‘totalitarian’ impulses have allowed.”—Samuel Moyn, Columbia University

“Arthur’s insightful and careful exposition of Sartre’s anti-colonial trajectory from 1945 constitutes a powerful corrective to revisionist interpretation of his ‘Third Worldism.’”—Times Literary Supplement

“In this fine book Paige Arthur systematically examines from a fresh perspective a second political engagement of Sartre’s: as a critic of colonialism and neo-colonialism and as a supporter of Third World liberation struggles.”—Joseph G. Peschek, New Political Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844673988
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paige Arthur is Deputy Director of Research at the International Center for Transnational Justice. She has taught at both UC Berkeley and the New School University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: Sartre, the Intellectual left, and the Emergence of the "Cultural" other ix

Part I Politicization: Sartre and Postwar Anticolonialism, 1945-1954 1

1 Putting Constraints on Freedom: A Philosophy of Marginal Groups 3

2 African Presence: Sartre on US and Colonial Racism in the Late 1940s 23

3 From Gide to Sartre: The Practice of Anticolonialism 43

Part II Sartre and the Ends of Anticolonialism, 1954-1962 57

4 Toward a Theory of Colonialism: Sartre's Engagement with the "Subhuman" 59

5 Colonialism and the Critique of Dialectical Reason 77

6 The Aftermath of the Critique: Struggles over the Meanings of Colonialism 95

Part III Far Away, So Close: The Third World, Neocolonialism, and the Ethics of Global Responsibility, 1962-1968 119

7 The Turn Toward Third Worldism: On the Assassination of Lumumba 121

8 The Ethics of Global Responsibilty: The 1964 "Rome Lecture" 139

9 Vietnam and Bolivia: Two Battles, Two Intellectuals 155

Part IV Decolonization on Trial, 1968-1980 177

10 Sartre, the Left, and Identity in Postcolonial France 179

11 The Critique of Third Worldism and the Human Rights Turn 199

Conclusion: "He Ran While Dead"-Afterlives of Colonialism and Jean-Paul Sartre 225

Index 229

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