Sartre's Theory of Emotions: A Reply to His Critics

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Early in his career Jean-Paul Sartre dared to speak the truth about human emotions, but his message has hitherto been ignored or summarily rejected. His Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions to date has no defenders because it dispels the panoply of cherished myths surrounding emotion and propounds a thesis that affronts common sense: Emotion is the apotheosis of bad faith. This proposition is as unpalatable as it is revolutionary. Do we really want to accept the fact that joy, love, and compassion are born from duplicitous motives?

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