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Sartre’s “Bad Faith” and the Self

06 Jun

Frank DeVita

For Sartre, we are fundamentally free beings as a result of our ability to take ourselves “out of circuit” with respect to being, an activity that makes us conscious of our own freedom and defines the preset self as distinct from both the future and past. Being conscious of our being conscious of freedom is the essence of the phenomenon of anguish for Sartre, in which we become anxious about future possibilities, realizing that we have no control over our future self and are “condemned to freedom.” We can try to avoid this Sartrean anguish in two ways.

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Posted by on June 6, 2015 in General News

 

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