Webber argues for a new interpretation of Sartrean existentialism.
On this reading, Sartre is arguing that each person's character
consists in the projects they choose to pursue and that we are all
already aware of this but prefer not to face it. Careful
consideration of his existentialist writings shows this to be the
unifying theme of his theories of consciousness, freedom, the self,
bad faith, personal relationships, existential psychoanalysis, and
the possibility of authenticity. Developing this account affords
many insights into various aspects of his philosophy, not least
concerning the origins, structure, and effects of bad faith and the
resulting ethic of authenticity. This discussion makes clear the
contributions that Sartre's work can make to current debates over
the objectivity of ethics and the psychology of agency, character,
and selfhood. Written in an accessible style and illustrated with
reference to Sartre's fiction, this book should appeal to general
readers and students as well as to specialists.
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