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Title: Temporality and ethics in early Sartre
Author: Pickernell, Jeffrey N.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 4297
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis concerns the early work of Jean-Paul Sartre. It reconstructs the groundwork for the abandoned first ethics of 'authenticity', taking an unusual focus on his account of knowledge and the nature of temporality - especially the present. In other words, it focuses on the peculiar nature of time, knowledge and action as they allow us to make sense of an early Sartrean ethics. It suggests that existing accounts of bad faith as running off belief and lax standards of evidence become far more intelligible and less problematic when we see knowledge as intuitive, a matter of the (temporally) complicated presence of the object to the world. This unusual focus gives it its novelty; the aim is to show how these issues can take centre stage in our understanding of Sartre and lead to an original exegesis and reconstruction of his system. It also holds that this yields a reading which we can definitively say supports ethical considerations. Along the way, it also engages with contemporary discussions about the status of character in Sartre, reaffirming the importance of views on that topic which are currently moving out of fashion. It defends the idea that, in order to have a strong notion of a Sartrean ethics, we must defend the idea that character is retrospective and lacks any (semi) causal power over our actions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: B Philosophy (General)