Re: Absolute Freedom
- Don wrote:
>I read Sartre as meaning that freedom is, first and foremost, the freedomto
>"exist" rather than the freedom to achieve some end. Because consciousnessCharles Vermont quoted:
>is transparent to itself it is always free not to be itself (to transcend
>itself) by taking itself as the object of reflection.
"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."
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.