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Title: Jean-Paul Sartre and the question of emancipation
Author: Pitt, Rebecca Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 7607
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis examines the concept of emancipation inrelation to the writings of Jean- Paul Sartre. I interpret emancipation as a series of what I call transjormative moments. These moments reveal a conceptual continuity of Sartre's engagement with this theme which unites his early and late philosophy whilst also challenging common readings of his oeuvre. I begin the investigation by exploring the implications of Being and Nothingness as an example of what Sartre claims is an unconuerted ontology. Explicating the unique way in which Sartre presents the concepts of the "individual" and "social" I provide evidence for the varied ways in which Sartre's early writings display an awareness of power structures and social/political critique. The emancipatory devices I call transformative moments are play, and two types of Apocalypse (the festival and the group-in-fusion). I proceed with a senes of close textual readings which focus on the importance of play. Play acts as a foundation for the final two transformative moments. In both types of moments my interpretation reveals underacknowledged, recurrent motifs (appropriation and the problem of the "Self') throughout Sartre's work. Considering Sartre's controversial statement regarding the revolutionary as serious, I argue against commentators who interpret this passage as an example of political naivety. I contend that Sartre's critique of the revolutionary is a unique example of political analysis in his early writing.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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