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?