Actually, I don't think Sartre would have argued that we ever are in a
situation where we have no possibilities to act in the world according to our free will, even though there
may well be situations where
our possibilties are, indeed, limited. Bad faith is, on the other hand, when we state that "we had no other
choice," but to do as we did. If there is always a choice (even a limited one), we can't really state that we
had to exactly what it is we did (or that we "must" do something in the future). Therefore bad faith really
can't determine our outlook in and of itself, bad faith is something we choose to do, a way we choose to
look at the world ("my country, right or wrong") and new things can only be discovered when we recognize
our freedom and that there always exist possibilities, even if they're not always pleasant ones (e.g. fight in a
war and kill other people, or not fight and be branded by society at large as a coward or traitor).
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 16:16:09 +0100
From: "Lena Helsing" <lena.helsing@...
Subject: Bad faith and changes
My name is Bosse Helsing, and i am a new member in this
community. I work with tennagers who are suffering from depression and other
psychic illness. I am therefor interested in understanding of the human mind
and emotions. Especially in the relation between the human and the enviroment.
The question i will like to discuss is hom does changes occur in human life.
Sartre discuss a reflctive conscious an a unreflective
conscious. The unreflectiv concsious is in direct relation to the world,
the environment is crated within this, and role the way how we understand it.
So most of the time we are on a unreflective level in our minds. As I
understand it bad faith occurs whwn we have no possibilitys to act in the
world according to our free will, then the conscious change itself to handle
the situation and it becomes deterministic. If a person then is in bad faith
it will role how this person understand the world. How can, in this situation
changes and new thins be discovered?