Re: [Sartre] Ethics
- At 8:50 am -0400 18/6/03, anjo3jantz@... wrote:
>I disagree that Sartre, in "Being and Nothingness", denies the possibilityThanks for that. You are absolutely correct.
>of an ethical system. He does deny that such a system can be formulated by
>ontology alone, in and of itself, or that there are universal absolutes of
>morality provided by something outside human existence, i.e., God.
>Rather, he says,
>man is the unique source of values, and that these values are no less valid
>for having their origin in man. Freedom brings responsibility. At
>the end of B&
>N he raises a number of questions and then states: "All these questions...can
>find their reply only on the ethical plane. We shall devote to them a future
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- The problem with the ethical Sartreanis the lack of first principles
signified by freedom. Sartre himself suffered this. He had a reaction to
the situation of his day and committed to this and that but there was
something arbitrary about it, this problem which dogged him, dogs his
written philosophy. Often he had to change sides or disassociate himself
with respect to humanitarianism, Communism, Stalinism, Maoism. But the
ethical Sartrean would not be a shiftless character, as witness Sartre and
de Beauvoir, neither of whom were that. He would be an intellectual and
this is particularly French because the
intellectual there, in a system which is stateist, in which culture is a
product of the state in that the state funds and protects it, stands out of
the state (while also a product of it) and with or against the people
(depending - this is where the ethics comes in). In Anglo-Saxon countries
this is not the
case and the intellectual hardly exists. We have the 'expert' which is
different, we have the academic which is different again, and we have the
populist blatantly capitalist media driving opinion. There is basically
not an intellectual culture in the New World or in England for that matter.
ethical Sartrean I think would have to be living in a Latin country or
perhaps South America.
At 20:42 18/06/03 +0100, you wrote:
> At 8:50 am -0400 18/6/03, anjo3jantz@... wrote:
>>"" denies the possibility
>> He does deny that such a system can be formulated by
>>ontology alone, in and of itself, or that there are universal absolutes of
>>morality provided by something outside human existence, i.e., God.
>>Rather, he says,
>>man is the unique source of values, and that these values are no less valid
>>for having their origin in man. Freedom brings responsibility. At
>>"All these questions...can
>> We shall devote to them a future
> Thanks for that. You are absolutely correct.
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