Conventional wisdom holds that the political evolution of an individual passes from youthful radicalism to the conservatism of later years. In this respect, as in many others, Sartre declined to follow the norm. As a young man, despite his detestation of the bourgeoisie, his anti-militaristic sentiments, his anti-authoritarianism and unconventional lifestyle, Sartre remained aloof from politics, while it was towards the end of his life that his most radical commitment occurred, triggered in large part by the events of May-June 1968. This paper will establish that although Sartre supported the 1968 student movement, he remained essentially outside it and it made little immediate impact on his thinking or practice; it was only several months later that the ‘events’ made themselves felt to Sartre, leading him to question the definition of himself as intellectual which he had defended hitherto.
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more collective solutions for a positive non-authoritarian ethics. Whilst Remley must be congratulated for tackling Sartre's anarchism head-on and daring to use the much maligned a-word as the defining descriptor of his political vision, his
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undermines political authority. First, différance challenges authoritarian claims to truth by showing that that which is understood to be universal and ahistoric is, in fact, historical, altering, and contestable. Second, différance subverts the
Is Liberation without Freedom Possible?
and extreme visions in a climate of terror which benefits both terrorists (who may gain ground despite their numerical inferiority) and any authoritarian turns among Western governments. Indeed, if there are those who, on the one hand, confuse the
socialism was never that of authoritarian state management and Sartre was always critical of what he perceived as Marx’s tendency to efface individual freedom. Sartre saw socialism as enhancing freedom. 17 Although we have lost the political tract Sartre
Ghosting a History without Shadows
Duane H. Davis
another ‘instituting institution.’ When I say that the act calls for its own critique, I mean for it to avoid establishing any authoritarian politics as well as to the revolutionary agent or artist to demand creativity and not merely conformity. 21 It is