Sartre and Evil: Guidelines for a Struggle

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Sartre, they intuitively grasped what he had formulated. They were apprehending the situation dialectically, while we were merely concerned with means and ends. They apprehended that our presence in Gaza and our efforts on their behalf had results beyond the formal complaints that we filed. They were right. A Hegelian Aufhebung was occurring. By our being there, by listening to them carefully and formally complaining about what we heard, we were also, in a roundabout manner, changing the perspective of choice of the Israeli armed forces. In a minor way we were changing the terms by which these forces could define the situation that engaged them.


NOTES
1.
Jean-Paul Sartre, Anti-Semite and Jew, Trans. George J. Becker ( New York: Grove, 1962).
2.
This quote from Paul Nizan appears in Jean-Paul Sartre's Foreword to a republishing of Paul Nizan Aden Arabie ( New York: Columbia University Press, 1986), pp. 38-39.
3.
Here are some examples: Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism ( New York: Norton, 1978); Herbert I. Schiller, Culture Inc.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Expression ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1989); Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy ( London: Verso, 1991).
4.
Karel von Wolferen, The Enigma of Japanese Power ( New York: Vintage, 1990).
6.
See: Jean-Paul Sartre, Politics and Literature ( London: Calder and Boyars, 1973), especially the interview entitled "Revolution and the Intellectual", pp. 13-36.

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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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