Sartre's Two Ethics: From Authenticity to Integral Humanity

Sartre's Two Ethics: From Authenticity to Integral Humanity

Sartre's Two Ethics: From Authenticity to Integral Humanity

Sartre's Two Ethics: From Authenticity to Integral Humanity

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"Sartre's Two Ethics surpasses my high expectations. It is a truly remarkable achievement, an extraordinarily fine book. For the first time it is possible for a reader to grasp in its totality the gradual formulation of an ethical position which Sartre devoted a lifetime to working out." -Hazel Barnes University of Colorado

Excerpt

Just a few months before Jean-Paul Sartre's death in 1980, I published a book on his morality entitled The Foundation and Structure of Sartrean Ethics. I claimed then, and I still believe, that it was the most thorough study of his ethics up to that time. However, because Sartre's published remarks on morality before 1980 were quite incomplete and found only in passages scattered throughout many different works, I was forced to make extensive use of the ethical works of two persons closest to him, Simone de Beauvoir (The Ethics of Ambiguity and Pyrrhus et Cinéas) and Francis Jeanson (Sartre and the Problem of Morality). This was a reasonable approach under the circumstances, since Sartre himself had clearly indicated that both authors had accurately understood his thought, but it was not, of course, the same as relying on the "master's" own words and works. Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to depend on these trustworthy authors, since a significant amount of Sartre's own unpublished work on ethics has become available over the past decade. This present book, then, is based exclusively on Sartre's own texts, particularly on two works on ethics that have become accessible only after his death, his unfinished Notebooks for an Ethics, now in print, and a still unpublished manuscript of a public lecture Sartre gave in 1964.

Another important respect in which this present work differs from my earlier one is that The Foundation and Structure of Sartrean Ethics claimed that Sartre's moral theory, in its general outline and . . .

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