Revisiting Existential Marxism

A Reply to Alfred Betschart

in Sartre Studies International
Ronald AronsonWayne State University

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Alfred Betschart has claimed that the project of existential Marxism is a contradiction in terms, but this argument, even when supported by many experts and quotes from Sartre's 1975 interview, misses the point of my Boston Review article, “The Philosophy of Our Time.” I believe the important argument today is not about whether we can prove that Sartre ever became a full-fledged Marxist, but rather about the political and philosophical possibility, and importance today, of existentialist Marxism.

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Ronald Aronson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the history of ideas at Wayne State University and a special projects editor of Sartre Studies International. Among his books are Jean-Paul Sartre – Philosophy in the World (Verso), Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It (Chicago), and We: Reviving Social Hope (Chicago).

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