Sartre and Evil: Guidelines for a Struggle

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basically assumptions that dare not question the social order created by the right-thinking man. And it is precisely this social order that the fighter against Evil must often question and forcefully attack.

Still, we should add that one can often learn from some of the data gathered by Anglo-Saxon social scientists -- though from their conclusions, almost never!


NOTES
1.
Jean-Paul Sartre, Saint Genet ( New York: Pantheon, 1963), p. 584.
3.
Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness ( New York: Washington Square Press, 1956), p. 56.
4.
Sartre, Saint Genet, p. 24.
7.
See, for instance: Talcott Parsons, Politics and Social Structure ( New York: Free Press, 1969), pp. 176-77. This book was first published in the early 1950s. Parsons's continual adherence to the approach of the right-thinking man can be found in all of his writings and in those of his contemporaries. For an additional example of such rightthinking social science as was published in the same period that Sartre published Saint Genet, see: Talcott Parsons, Robert F. Bales, and Edward A. Shils, Working Papers in the Theory of Action ( Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1953).
8.
See, for instance, Peter Berger essay: "The Serendipity of Liberties", in The Structure of Freedom: Correlations, Causes and Cautions, ed. Richard John Neuhaus ( Grand Rapids, Mich.: Erdmans, 1991), pp. 1-17. See also Herbert C. Kelman, "Violence without Moral Restraint: Reflections on the Dehumanization of Victims and Victimizers", Journal of Social Issues 29, no. 4 ( 1973). Note that in the names of both essays, neither the word "freedom" nor the word "evil" occur. For Berger, liberty is something that capitalism, almost by an act of grace, allows to come into being. For Kelman, only sanctioned violence exists, never Evil. It is not at all difficult to see that such views accord very well with the stance of the right-thinking man. Both of these social scientists are famous and celebrated in their field; they are often lauded and applauded by their peers.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Notes xxiii
  • Part I - Intuitively Responding to Evil 1
  • 1 - Evil and Lucidity 3
  • Notes 16
  • 2 - Unmasking Noble Evil 17
  • Notes 31
  • 3 - Bewitching Evil 33
  • Notes 47
  • 4 - Horror and Evil 49
  • Notes 62
  • Part II - The Ontology of Evil 63
  • 5 - Sartre's Ontology of Evil and the Poverty of the Social Sciences 65
  • Notes 77
  • 6 - Evil for Evil's Sake 79
  • Notes 86
  • 7 - The Consciousness of Genet: A Rejection of Fanaticism 87
  • Notes 103
  • 8 - Genet's Redemption from a Life of Evil 105
  • Notes 113
  • Part III - Evil and Society 115
  • 9 - Fighting Evil Straightforwardly 117
  • Notes 127
  • 10 - Sartre's Tone of Moral Indignation 129
  • Notes 140
  • 11 - Seriality versus Education 143
  • Notes 160
  • 12 - Passivity, Black Pride, and Evil 161
  • Notes 180
  • 13 - Passivity and the Distortion of Truth and Knowledge 183
  • Notes 198
  • 14 - Some Problems 199
  • Notes 206
  • Summary 207
  • Appendix 211
  • Selected Bibliography 227
  • Index 231
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