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L'Image entre le corps et l'esprit

Le Mémoire de fin d'études de Sartre

Vincent de Coorebyter


In 1927, Sartre submitted a dissertation to the Ecole normale supérieure about the Image, that has been published recently. Already in this work he outlines one of the central theses of L'Imagination and L'Imaginaire, namely that a mental image is neither an internal image, nor the reproduction of previously known sensations, but is a pure act of creation. In his dissertation, Sartre sets down in writing the image in the life of the body and the mind, in a hesitant yet very inventive manner. It helps us to understand his subsequent books concerning image without detracting from their originality.


En 1927, Sartre dépose à l'Ecole normale supérieure un mémoire sur l'image, qui vient enfin d'être publié. Il y défend déjà une des thèses centrales de L'Imagination et de L'Imaginaire, à savoir que l'image mentale n'est pas un tableau intérieur, la reproduction de sensations anciennes : c'est une création, un acte de liberté. Dans son mémoire, Sartre inscrit l'image dans la vie du corps et de l'esprit, d'une manière encore hésitante mais aussi très inventive, qui éclaire ses livres ultérieurs sur l'image sans s'y laisser réduire.

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Francesco Caddeo

After decades of separation between Sartre's philosophy and Foucault's philosophy, we are now in a position to offer an analysis free from all dogmatic presuppositions. On the basis of certain themes, such as the study of the mechanisms of power, systems of marginalization, and how subjectivity is constituted, it is now possible to create links which go beyond the sterile polemics which have so often marked French philosophy. Today, Sartre and Foucault can be re-read as two very important tool-keys for giving us a way to understand the developments arising during our time. Their personal polemic of the mid-1960s must be re-read as a mutual misunderstanding. Notwithstanding some of the acerbic remarks the two philosophers said about each other, we will see that in these same pages can be found ways of thinking, especially regarding the conception of subjectivity, which can bring together these two intellectual itineraries.

French Après quelques décennies de séparation académique entre la philosophie sartrienne et foucaldienne, nous pouvons maintenant déployer une analyse qui se détache de tous les préjugés dogmatiques. À partir de certaines thématiques particulières comme celles de l'étude des mécanismes du pouvoir, des systèmes de marginalisation, de constitution de la subjectivité, il est possible aujourd'hui de construire des liens qui dépassent les stériles polémiques qui ont souvent marqué la philosophie française. Aujourd'hui Sartre et Foucault peuvent être relus, en fait, comme deux boites-à-outils très importantes pour donner une clé de lecture des évènements marquants de l'époque contemporaine. Leur polémique personnelle du milieu des années soixante doit être relue, en effet, comme une incompréhension réciproque : malgré les échanges acerbes entre les deux philosophes, nous verrons dans ces pages que certaines considérations, surtout à propos de la conception de la subjectivité, peuvent rapprocher les deux parcours intellectuels.

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Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You

Sartre on Pure Reflection in Response to Husserl & Levinas

Curtis Sommerlatte

an analysis of consciousness: I have spoken primarily of knowledge to make myself better understood: the French philosophy that has molded us understands little besides epistemology. But for Husserl and the phenomenologists our consciousness of

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Disharmonious Continuity

Critiquing Presence with Sartre and Derrida

Gavin Rae

French Philosophy, 1945–1968 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 2. 11 Ibid., 48. 12 Leonard Lawlor, Derrida and Husserl: The Basic Problem of Phenomenology (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002), 48. 13 On Heidegger’s influence on

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Kyle Michael James Shuttleworth and Nik Farrell Fox

narrative and view the trajectory of twentieth-century French philosophy with fresh eyes. This has had the effect of radically rejuvenating Sartre, bringing him out of the nineteenth century (where once Foucault disparagingly placed him) and into the twenty

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Weapons for Witnessing

American Street Preaching and the Rhythms of War

Kyle Byron

haunted our tradition, without ever reaching the center of its concerns” speaks specifically to the concept's peripheral status in the tradition of French philosophy, although this is not to say that its presence has been particularly palpable elsewhere

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Peter Hudson

. London : Continuum . Badiou , A. 2009 . Theory of the Subject . London : Continuum . Badiou , A. 2012 . ‘ An Angel Has Passed ’, in The Adventure of French Philosophy . London : Verso . Benveniste , E. 1971 . Problems in General

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Beyond the Edges of the Screen

Longing for the Physical ‘Spaces Between’

Alyssa Grossman and Selena Kimball

-Concept ’, Journal of Cultural Heritage 41 : 225 – 231 , . 10.1016/j.culher.2019.07.001 Vial , S. ( 2018 ), ‘ Ontophany Theory: Historical Phenomenology of Technology and the Digital Age ’, in French Philosophy

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Stefan Nygård and Johan Strang

studying, while many of his German colleagues knew very little about contemporary English and French philosophy. In his youth in the 1870s, Brandes therefore concluded that here was a task for someone who had the advantage of possessing comparative insights

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Bülent Diken

Historical Reason in Recent French Philosophy . Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press . Hamacher , Werner . 2002 . “ Guilt History: Benjamin’s Sketch ‘Capitalism as Religion.’ ” Trans. Kirk Wetters . Diacritics 32 ( 3–4 ): 81 – 106 . 10.1353/dia