New Unit: Sartre in his Context

17 Jan

Sartre in his context.

This Winter/Spring we will be turning to the extensive corpus of Jean-Paul Sartre—who was once the public philosopher, but who has more recently become the third-rail of continental philosophy. We will be looking at a wide swath of his work, putting it into conversation with his many contemporaries—from his most well-known interlocutors (such as Simone de Beauvoir and Maurice Merleau-Ponty) to some of his lesser-known contemporaries (such as Trần Đức Thảo).

For scheduling reasons, we will be reverting to our old time-slot Tuesdays 8:00-10:00pm, but will still be meeting, as always, at the Liberty Avenue Crazy Mocha.

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

(As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole section, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.)


Phenomenology and the Ego

  • Jan 21
    • Husserl, Edmund. Logical Investigations. Investigation V, Chapter 1.
    • Husserl, Edmund. Ideas II. §§22-23.
    • Recommended: Levy, Lior. “Intentionality, Consciousness, and the Ego: The Influence of Husserl’s Logical Investigations on Sartre’s Early Work.”
  • Jan 28
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Transcendence of the Ego. Chapter I, “The I and the Me”
    • Recommended: Baert, Patrick. Introduction in The Existential Moment: the Rise of Sartre as a Public Intellectual.
  • Feb 4
    • Thảo, Trần Đức. Phenomenology and Dialectical Materialism, Chapter 2.
  • Feb 11
    • Sarte, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness, Part I, Chapter 1.

Intersubjectivity and Ethics

  • Feb 18
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness, Part III, Chapter 1.
  • Feb 25
    • Levinas, Emmanuel. Time & the Other, Part I. 
  • Mar 3
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Existentialism is a Humanism.”
  • Mar 10
    • Heidegger, Martin. “Letter on Humanism” in Basic Writings.
  • Mar 17
    • De Beauvoir, Simone. Ethics of Ambiguity, Chapter 2.

Psychology and Literature

  • Mar 24
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Emotions: Outline of a Theory, Introduction and Chapter 3.
  • Mar 31 
    • Fanon, Frantz. Decolonializing Madness. Chapter 1.
    • Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth, Chapter 5.
  • Apr 7
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. What is literature?, Chapter 1.
    • Recommended: Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Age of Reason.
  • Apr 14
    • Barthes, Roland. Writing Degree Zero, Introduction and Chapter 1.

Politics and Oppression

  • Apr 21
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Anti-Semite and the Jew, Chapter 1.
  • Apr 28
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Black Orpheus.”
  • May 5
    • Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth, Chapter 1.
    • Recommended; Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Wretched of the Earth, Preface.
  • May 12
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul. The Search for a Method. Chapter 1, “Marxism and Existentialism.”
  • May 19
    • Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. Humanism and Terror, Authors Preface.
  • May 26
    • Weil, Simone. Oppression and Liberty, Prospectus. 
    • Weil, Simone. “The Illiad, or the Poem of Force”

Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE


5 Responses to “New Unit: Sartre in his Context”

  1. Linda Raimondi January 17, 2020 at 3:26 pm #

    Hi Justin, This is Linda Raimondi, I think I will be joining this section. I hope that is okay. Best, Linda

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

  2. Robert Maddock January 17, 2020 at 4:22 pm #

    8-10 again?

    • jleavittpearl January 18, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

      Yeah, unfortunately for a couple people’s schedules, we needed to shift it.

      • Robert Maddock January 29, 2020 at 8:50 am #

        Just started reading Marcus Gabriel’s ( Chair for Epistemology at Bonn)” I Am Nor A Brain”. You might find it interesting.

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