Sartre and the Unconscious
Welcome to the new Sartre list, I hope it will provide a forum for
plenty of interesting and informative debate.
I thought I'd kick things off with a question. In his preface to
Sartre's screenplay for a film biography of Freud, the psychoanalyst J-B
Pontalis quotes Sartre (presumably around 1958-1960) as complaining of the
film's director John Huston that "What's irritating about him is that he
doesn't believe in the unconscious." Apparently contradicting his position
in the forties, that unconscious thought is a contradiction in terms.
To what extent does Sartre's notion of pre-reflective consciousness
succeed in disposing of the need for an unconscious?