Chekov story, Dreams, has an autobiographical element to it.
I am not sure what the direct connection is to Sartre except
that it is a very existentialist one. Belief is not
acceptance, and thus being in acceptance of one's fate, to
very rind and core, is not simply a matter of faith.
Rappaport explains that "acceptance is not belief"....The
"term 'belief' at least suggests a mental state concerning,
or arising out of, the relationship between the cognitive
processes of individuals and representations presented to
them as possible candidates for the status of true."
Belief is a 'subjective' inner state, and it is not a public
state 'visible to both witnesses and to performers. People
may accept because they believe....Belief can provide
grounds for refusals to accept. Faith therefore denotes
acceptance, and even if faith arises, faith expresses some
elements of a doubt because acceptance aknowledges
obligation unless it is entirely insincere, and infilicity
(infidelity). Perhaps then all morality begins with
acceptance. In Dreams acceptance is long past, and
obligations become not simply 'performative utterances' but
acts of sincerity, rituals, however; not mere rituals.
I am not sure if Sartre has reflected on what is the loose
connection between the good and the bad with respect to
faith, belief and acceptance (or recognizing, and
Not a foggy day at all....
Gibt es auf Erden ein Maass? Es gibt keines.
Is there on earth a measure? There is none.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Radandt" <richradandt@...>
To: "John Foster" <borealis@...>; "John
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 8:36 PM
Subject: [Sartre] Dreans by Chekhov
John I read the story about the dream you sent out on
December 07, 2002. It's a good story in it fore shadows
Heidegger and his idea of what's authentic and the idea of
Being in the world. It foreshadows Sartre and his theories
of sadism, masochism and of the woman is more than a slave,
and yet the nobleman doesn't see it this way. It also brings
into the situation of what does the child of this relation
do in his existence in the world.
He's cold and stern as hr doesn't condescend to idle chatter
and he wants to show his sedateness and discretion. The man
is something between a peasant and gentlemen. By class, I'm
a peasant and by nature, I'm a noble gentleman. He claims he
has been a convict for four years. He claims at eighteen his
mother accidentally gives arsenic instead of soda to his
master. His mother got twenty years in a colony. He's now
running away from prison. He tells of his fishing
experience. I'm including just a few words of the story to
let you know I did read it.
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