Existentialism In Jean-Paul Sartre's 'Being And Nothingness'

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In the post of World War II, Jean-Paul Sartre – philosopher and novelist – became one of the most influential men of the 1900’s. His novel, Being and Nothingness, written in 1943, provides an analysis of his internal views of philosophy, and initially helped in sparking one of the most influential philosophical movements. Within the text, Sartre examines and presents many concepts of existentialism. Those concepts included, but are not limited to, freedom, responsibility, and relationships with others. Possibly the most intense concept that sprouted from his view was that of Bad faith. Bad faith is the term coined by Sartre where one acts with “cynical consciousness” through striving towards inauthenticity by attempting to flee from freedom and anguish. To best understand bad faith, one must first understand Sartre’s definitions of freedom, anguish, facticity, and transcendence. Sartre’s belief on freedom and anguish intertwine and are parallel with each other.…show more content…
Sartre notes that the general description of bad faith is ‘falsehood’, yet he believes this paints the term inaccurately, as it is not just deception in-itself, as Sartre believes that humans are always conscious, and therefore humans must always be conscious when we are in bad faith. Perhaps not aware of the concept of Bad Faith initially, but aware that we are somehow warping our self image as opposed to our actual belief. In summation, when a person practices bad faith, they are pretending to themselves that they do not have the freedom to make choices by instead pursuing ‘practical’ life and conforming to social roles with

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