RE: [Sartre] Re: Gegendienst
> All I was doing was recommending a book By MarkPoster called Sartre's Marxism as a 'Gegenleistung'
for you supplying me with references to those authors
who have done things in a more systematic way than
>Sartre.That is why I was asking whether there was a typo in
your tip. Because I ran as fast as I could to find
that writing, but it doesnt exist apparently. There is
no book of Mark Poster, as you put it, "called
Sartre's Marxism". There is one titled Existential
Marxism in Postwar France: from Sartre to Althuser.
I am still not convinced that I am not talking here to
one and the same user. But I'm taking my chances.
Said in parantheses, though, I am more than justified
in thinking I am talking to machines here. We have
more than once been target of pornographic invitations
in this group, by so-called "members" of the group.
And pass me the joke, Ian, but your "last" name leads
somehow to thinking that you may be
the auto-sophical "Gegenleistung" of those other
On a more serious note though, I think that Foucault
is a philosopher whom I know well and from whom, in my
opinion, there is much more to gain than from Sartre
in the way he expounds historical and power
structures. Of course, I have to add, for here nothing
goes without saying, that I dont mean Foucault is a
better thinker than Sartre, for each one has his own
originality, and there are aspects that are better
thrown a light upon from one or the other.
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- The quote below is pretty clear as to the profound relation between
Sartre's philosophy and violence. The cogito, the generalized cogito,
is a crime (did I hear Nietzsche somewhere?...):
La situation veut que la vraie morale humaine prenne naissance dans
cet acte isolé, purement individuel, de violence purement négative.
Tentons de le comprendre dans son ambigüité et de légitimer cette
violence. en réalisant la liberté terroriste et négative de la pure
conscience du monde par consomption du monde en face de la
conscience, l'esclave réalise dans l'instant qui précède la mort
cette conscience de soi que le stoïcisme, le scepticisme et le doute
cartésien n'atteignent que dans la fuite et dans l'abstrait. La
destruction et le crime sont les conduites concrètes corrélatives du
doute méthodique. [dans le crime] la conscience s'affirme dans sa
solitude terroriste. Tout crime est toujours un peu un cogito.
(Sartre, Cahier 418)
What the heck, I'm giving it a try at translation:
"The situation requires that the true human ethics is born out of
this isolated act [the terrorist one], purely individual, of a purely
negative violence. Let us try to understand it in its ambiguity and
to legitimize this violence. ... by accomplishing the terrorist and
negative freedom of the pure consciousness of the world, the slave
attains in the instant right before his death to that self-
consciousness that stoicism, scepticism and cartesian doubt attain to
only in flight and in the abstract. ... Destruction and crime are the
concrete behaviour correlative to methodical doubt. [in the crime]
consciousness affirms itself in its terrorist solitude. All crime is
always a bit of a cogito."
Do I agree with this? Oh, not only that, I think these are some of
the best lines ever writen in philosophy.