Surviving the Neoliberal Maelstrom: A Sartrean Phenomenology of Social Hope

in Sartre Studies International
Author: Ronald Aronson
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It might seem that Sartre's thought is no longer relevant in understanding and combating the maelstrom unleashed by triumphant neoliberalism. But we can still draw inspiration from Sartre's hatred of oppression and his project to understand how his most famous theme of individual self-determination and responsibility coexists with our social belonging and determination by historical forces larger than ourselves. Most important today is Sartre's understanding in Critique of Dialectical Reason of how isolated, serial individuals form into groups to resist oppression, and the ways in which these groups generate social understandings and collective power.

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An Interdisciplinary Journal of Existentialism and Contemporary Culture


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