Oppression and the Human Condition: An Introduction to Sartrean Existentialism

Oppression and the Human Condition: An Introduction to Sartrean Existentialism

By: Thomas Martin (author)Hardback

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Oppression and the Human Condition is both a valuable teaching tool and an insightful addition to scholarship on the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. Students and teachers will find it an excellent and accessible introduction to Sartre's existentialism, ideal for courses in existentialist and 20th century philosophy. Equally, Sartre scholars will find that the book, especially the sections on oppression and "bad faith," gives them much to think about. Author Thomas Martin applies Sartre's philosophy to contemporary issues and concerns, and draws on two case studies to make his point. The cases examine modern-day oppressors-in one case an anti-semite, in the other a sexist who objectifies women-in the context of Sartre's "bad faith." The case studies also reinforce Martin's argument that Sartre's early philosophy, especially his concept of "bad faith," provides a framework for discussions of oppressions such as racism and sexism.

About Author

Thomas Martin is lecturer in philosophy at Rhodes University in South Africa.


Chapter 1 Conciousness, the World, and Human Being Chapter 2 Bad Faith, Human Being, and Self-Deception Chapter 3 Anti-Semitic Racism and the Flight from Transcendence Chapter 4 Others in the World of the Self Chapter 5 Sado-Sexism and the Flight from Facticity

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742513235
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9780742513235
  • weight: 372
  • ISBN10: 0742513238

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