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Bad Faith Good Faith

Ronald Santoni

Publication Year: 1995

Published by: Temple University Press


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pp. vii

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pp. ix-xiv

Although normally attributed to one author-who customarily and courteously accepts full responsibility for the work she or he has written-any book is the product of a community of cooperation and support. The luxury of scholarship and authorship, though requiring self-discipline, resolve, perseverance, and periods of lonely isolation, ...

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pp. xv-xxxix

The philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre is one to which too many philosophers, academics, and laypersons allude, but too few read-at least seriously. I believe that, if one attempts to penetrate even part of Sartre's vast and complex philosophical system, one is confronted not only with some important insights into our human condition but also with existentially disturbing challenges and gnawing ,,,

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1. Bad Faith and Sincerity: Does Sartre's Analysis Rest on a Mistake?

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pp. 1-27

In this opening chapter, I intend to deal with an issue that vexed my earliest confrontation with Sartre's Being and Nothingness. Although it may strike the reader as indirect and somewhat off center with regard to my announced topic and project, this issue--I remind the reader—made evident to me the need to study Same closely, and generated ...

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2. Bad Faith and "Lying to Oneself"

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pp. 28-46

Chapter 1, I attempted to show some equivocations related to Sartre's claim that sincerity is a "phenomenon of bad faith" and shares its fundamental structure and goal. Although I do not retract the thrust of my argument, I now believe that I either ignored or overlooked some of the complexities and problems involved in Sartre's views on bad faith. In the present chapter, I wish to ...

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3. The Cynicism of Sartre's "Bad Faith"

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pp. 47-67

At the end of his treatment of "Bad Faith" in Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre concludes that "In bad faith, there is no cynical lie nor knowing preparation for deceitful concepts."l A few pages earlier, at the beginning of the highly important section "The 'Faith' of Bad Faith," he announces: "The true problem of bad ...

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4. Good Faith: Can It Be Salvaged?

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pp. 68-88

Careful readers and scholars of Sartre are often baffled by the relatively brief analytic attention Sartre pays to the notions of "good faith" and "authenticity" in Being and Nothingness and in other of his early and pivotal philosophical works. In Being and Nothingness, for instance, Sartre assures us-in an important footnote that continues to tantalize many scholars-that the possibility ...

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5. Sartre's Concept of "Authenticity

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pp. 89-109

As I mentioned at the beginning of the preceding chapter, Same's references to "authenticity" in Being and Nothingness are sparse, and they generally refer to the possibility of "self-recovery" or of "deliverance and salvation."1 And his few references, both explicit and implied, suggest alternatively that authenticity is the same as and ...

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6. Authenticity and Good Faith: An Analytic Differentiation

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pp. 110-138

My attempt in the two preceding chapters to reconstruct and analyze Sartre's sometimes elusive notions of good faith and authenticity return us to one of the central questions that generated my inquiry of the last two chapters. If one is to redeem any constructive sense of good faith in the early formative writings of Sartre-as I have ...

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7. The "Unveiling" of Authentic Existence: Corroborating My Differentiation through Sartre's Notebooks

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pp. 139-190

In the preceding chapters, I have attempted to analyze and differentiate Sartre's notions of bad faith, good faith, and authenticity without paying detailed attention to his Cahiers pour une morale (Notebooks for an Ethics).' Although I have invoked a number of supporting passages ...


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pp. 191-236


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pp. 237-245

E-ISBN-13: 9781439906477

Publication Year: 1995