The reading for this week is Jones, Peter. 2015. Sartre’s concept of freedom(s). Sartre Studies International 21 (2): 86-96.
Here are some questions to help focus your reading.
- What’s the contradictory muddle about freedom that we find in Being and Nothingness?
- What are the two different types of freedom that Detmer identifies, and which he takes to solve the apparent muddle?
- What’s meant by Sartre’s claim that consciousness is not what it is and is what it’s not?
- Why does being enslaved not impinge on freedom for Sartre (at least according to Jones)?
- What is meant by the slogan that freedom is absolute but not omnipotent?
- How does the situation, which gives resistance to freedom, help to make freedom possible?
- What does it mean to say that choosing is not separate from doing?
- “Never were we freer than under German occupation.” What does Sartre mean here?