French Existentialism: Consciousness, Ethics, and Relations with Others

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James Giles
Rodopi, 1999 - Philosophy - 219 pages
Offers a critical appraisal of the school of thought known as French existentialism. Examines the ideas of the major French existentialists, including Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Marcel, Camus, and especially Sartre, in a fresh attempt to elucidate their contributions to contemporary philosophy. Discussion encompasses Merleau-Ponty and the sensory, French existential ethics and the creation of value, Sartre's critique of humanism, and gender and race in the youthful writings of Camus. Giles teaches philosophy at the University of Copenhagen. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
11
ONE The Duality in Sartres Account of Reflective
19
TWO MerleauPonty and the Sensory
33
THREE French Existential Ethics and the Creation of Value
59
FOUR The Ethical Concept of Assuming in the Existential
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FIVE The Origins of Beauvoirs Existential Philosophy
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SIX Sartres Critique of Humanism
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SEVEN Marcel Hope and Virtue
139
EIGHT Sartre Sexual Desire and Relations with Others
155
NINE Useless Passions?
175
Gender and Race
191
About the Contributors
213
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JAMES GILES is Acting Lecturer at the University of Copenhagen, and Tutor at Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge. He has also taught at the Hawaii College of Kansai Gaidai University, Japan, Aalborg University, and the University of Edinburgh. He is author of No Self to be Found: The Search for Personal Identity (1997), A Study in Phenomenalism (1994), A Theory of Sexual Desire (forthcoming), and editor of Kierkegaard and Freedom (forthcoming).

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