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Jean-Paul Sartre

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 11 Nov 2009, 07:13
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Post 26 Dec 2009, 06:14
What does everybody think of this existentialist who joined the French communist party.

I have this link to Sartre's Marxism and Existentialism
I think its interesting how he ties existentialism and marxism together to prove that anything besides Marxism would be a stagnation of society, since Sartre says that mankind's ultimate goal is to free himself. In his other book Existentialism is a Humanism he talks about the backwards trend that fascism brings to humanity while advocating a communistic responsibility.

He criticizes elements of Dialectical Materialism, but I haven't read much into this. It seems that Existentialism and Marxism go hand in hand in many aspects. The movie "I Heart Huckabees" has many mentions of socialism amid its existential comedy.
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Post 26 Dec 2009, 12:11
I think he's a great playwright, a good essayist, a good comrade, even, but an ambitious but messy philosopher. He falls back to the cartesian subject, which leads to all kinds of strange assertions. He had a keen sense of psychology, though, so his phenomenology is often very vivid, even if it's misguided.

As a Marxist he was great, though; completely commited to the cause. His defense of Marxism as a personal choice is excellent. "The Dirty Hands" is hightly recommended, as are his essays.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 11 Nov 2009, 07:13
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Post 26 Dec 2009, 17:17
I read dirty hands and thought that it was a perfect representation of the struggle between theory and praxis.

I think his psychology is flawed. He draws upon the Freudian model almost to the core (which is flawed) and applies existentialism as the focus of man (which i guess subconsciously it could be). I appreciate Sartre ideas on existence and choice.

I agree that he was a fantastic Marxist. He even discontinued his long time friendship with Camus over their difference in opinions on the subject.
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