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Untrue to One's Own Self: Sartre's The Transcendence of the Ego

Iker Garcia

In this paper, I elicit a number of ways in which, according to the Sartre of The Transcendence of the Ego, we can miss the truth about our own self or, more simply, about ourselves. In order to do that, I consider what I call “statements about one's own self,” that is, statements of the form “I ...” where the predicate of the statement is meant to express things that are true of what is evidently given in reflection. I argue that, although statements about one's own self can, according to Sartre, be true on final philosophical analysis, there are at least three senses in which statements about one's own self can or do miss the truth, even when they are (by hypothesis) true. How they miss the truth depends on the different level of philosophical analysis at which we take Sartre to be working.

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Reflection, Memory and Selfhood in Jean-Paul Sartre's Early Philosophy

Lior Levy

The article advances an interpretation of the self as an imaginary object. Focusing on the relationship between selfhood and memory in Sartre's The Transcendence of the Ego, I argue that Sartre offers useful resources for thinking about the self in terms of narratives. Against interpretations that hold that the ego misrepresents consciousness or distorts it, I argue that the constitution of the ego marks a radical transformation of the conscious field. To prove this point, I turn to the role of reflection and memory in the creation of the self. Reflection and memory weave past, present and future into a consistent and meaningful life story. This story is no other than the self. I propose to understand the self as a fictional or imaginary entity, albeit one that has real presence in human life.

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Book Reviews

Derek K. Heyman, Beata Stawarska, Thomas R. Flynn, and David Detmer

Steven Laycock, Nothingness and Emptiness: A Buddhist Engagement with the Ontology of Jean-Paul Sartre. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001), 240pp. ISBN 0791449106, $21.95 (paper). Review by Derek K. Heyman

Stephen Priest, The Subject in Question: Sartre’s Critique of Husserl in the Transcendence of the Ego. New York: Routledge, 2000, 192 pp. ISBN 041521369X, $105. Review by Beata Stawarska

Ronald Aronson, Camus and Sartre: The Story of Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004, 248 pp. ISBN 0226027691, $32.50. Review by Thomas R. Flynn

Ronald E. Santoni, Sartre on Violence: Curiously Ambivalent. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003, 179pp. ISBN 0-271-02300-7, $35.00. Review by David Detmer

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Sartre’s Literary Phenomenology

Andrew Inkpin

. 16 In The Transcendence of the Ego he apparently accepts its importance in arguing that Husserl had inconsistently excluded the transcendental ego from the epoché and that his own conception of the transcendent ego avoids this problem. 17

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Sarah Horton and Adrian van den Hoven

reading of Being and Nothingness . Part Two employs Sartre's account of magic to better understand art, advertising, racism, and psychopathology. Part One is a decided success. Chapters 1, 2, and 3 cover, respectively, The Transcendence of the Ego

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Plea for a Collective Genetics

Another Reading of Sartre's Early Texts, 1926–1927

Grégory Cormann and translated by John H. Gillespie

quoted were active participants. 41 Sartre published ‘La transcendance de l'Ego’ 42 (‘The Transcendence of the Ego’), his article on the phenomenological method in it, in what the historical situation determined was to be the last issue of the journal

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Towards a Phenomenology of Reflective Identification

Huis Clos’ Mirror Theme

Simone Villani

consciousness is not and denies to be, namely, an object. As Sartre writes in The Transcendence of the Ego , the self-representation of consciousness thus considered “participates in the dubious character of all transcendence; in other words, everything that is

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What Would I Do with Lacan Today?

Thoughts on Sartre, Lacan, and Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Betty Cannon

-Alain Miller (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1988), 50. 5 For instance, see Jean-Paul Sartre, The Transcendence of the Ego , trans. Robert Kirkpatrick and Forrest Williams, (New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1957), 91. Also see Jacques Lacan, Ecrits

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Sartrean Self-Consciousness and the Principle of Identity

Sartre’s Implicit Argument for the Non-Self-Identity of the Subject

Maiya Jordan

Husserl’s notion of transverse self-awareness. In The Transcendence of the Ego , trans. Forrest Williams and Robert Kirkpatrick (New York: Noonday Press, 1960), 39, Sartre says, “It is consciousness which unifies itself, concretely, by a play of

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Identity and Relation

Praxis, Bad Faith, Severed Ties, and Possible African Remedies

Ettienne Smook

described . . . as an irruption into being, or as a fissure in being’. Moreover, in his The Transcendence of the Ego (2004b: 1), Sartre states that he ‘should like to show here that the ego is neither formally nor materially in consciousness: it is outside