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Sartres Two Ethics: From Authenticity to Integral Humanity Thomas C. Anderson

Sartres Two Ethics: From Authenticity to Integral Humanity

Thomas C. Anderson

Published November 1st 1993
ISBN : 9780812692334
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It is well-known that Sartres thought developed from an incomplete, abstract, and individualistic concept of human reality, human freedom, and their relation to the world, to a more concrete and richer understanding of the human being, its freedom,MoreIt is well-known that Sartres thought developed from an incomplete, abstract, and individualistic concept of human reality, human freedom, and their relation to the world, to a more concrete and richer understanding of the human being, its freedom, the power of circumstances, and the social-political nature of human existence. It is less widely recognised that there is a parallel progression in Sartres moral thinking, from an abstract, idealistic ethics of authenticity to a more concrete, realistic and materialistic morality. Andersons book, contains a thorough study of the two most important ethical works of Sartre to have become available since 1980, the Notebooks for an Ethics, written in the late 1940s but published in 1983, and the unpublished manuscript of a lecture on ethics delivered in 1964, containing his most complete discussion of his second morality. In drawing upon these and other sources, Andersons book is a study of Sartres first and second ethics. Anderson evaluates Sartres arguments for his ethical positions, and concludes that his second ethics constitutes a significant advance over his first. Anderson is author of The Foundation and Structure of Sartrean Ethics (1979).