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Re: Absolute Freedom

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  • John Bird
    ... to ... Charles Vermont quoted: Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realises himself, he is therefore nothing else but
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 6, 2000
      Don wrote:
      >I read Sartre as meaning that freedom is, first and foremost, the freedom
      to
      >"exist" rather than the freedom to achieve some end. Because consciousness
      >is transparent to itself it is always free not to be itself (to transcend
      >itself) by taking itself as the object of reflection.

      Charles Vermont quoted:
      "Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he
      realises himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions,
      nothing else but what his life is."

      JBird comments:
      The above two statements need not be thought of as contradictory. That
      man is an existence without essence is the source of his freedom. Since he
      has no defining essence, he is nothing but the sum of his actions. Without
      an essence, he is existence only. The concepts of 'freedom', 'only the sum
      of his actions', and 'existence' are just attempts from slightly different
      points of view to refer to man's essencelessness.
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