8. Existential Angst & How Existence Precedes Essence in Jean-Paul Sartre's "Existentialism Is A Humanism"
In this week's podcast episode, we'll go over Jean-Paul Sartre's gem of an essay, "Existentialism Is A Humanism." In this essay, Sartre answers his critics on the political left and the religious right by explaining how existentialism does not lead to quietism, is optimistic rather than pessimistic, and does not reduce man to a solitary, solipsistic being. He explains the most basic tenet of existentialism: existence precedes essence. Along the way, he'll explicate the three moods that permeate existence - anguish (also known as existential angst), abandonment, and despair. In the end, we'll take a close, textual look at his comments on intersubjectivity and man's self-surpassing.
Jean-Paul Sartre's text "Existentialism Is A Humanism" at the Marxist Library
Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness
Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea
"Sartre, More Relevant Now Than Ever" in The Guardian
Do We Enjoy Being Free? (Sartre) - 8-Bit Philosophy on Youtube
Other Texts Mentioned in the Podcast
Martin Heidegger's Being and Time
Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
thinkPhilosophy Podcast Session on Hegel's Master/Slave Dialectic
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online's entry on Sartre
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