Sartre, Nietzsche and Non-Humanist Existentialism

 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
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978-3-030-43107-5 (ISBN)
 

This book argues that existentialism's concern with human existence does not simply make it another form of humanism. Influenced by Heidegger's 1947 'Letter on Humanism', structuralist and post-structuralist critics have both argued that existentialism is synonymous with a naïve 'humanist' idea of the subject. Such identification has led to the movement's dismissal as a credible philosophy; this book aims to challenge such a view.

Through a lucid and thought-provoking exploration of the concept of perversity in Sartre and Nietzsche, Mitchell argues that understanding the human as a 'perversion' of something other than itself allows us to have a philosophy of the human without the humanist subject. In short, through perversion, we can talk about the human as not merely having a relation to the world, but of being that relation. With an explicit defence of Sartre against the charge of humanism, accompanied by a novel and distinctive reinterpretation of Nietzsche, Mitchell recovers an existentialism that is at once both radical and philosophically relevant.


1st ed. 2020
  • Englisch
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Springer International Publishing
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Approx. 220 p.
  • Höhe: 21 cm
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  • Breite: 14.8 cm
978-3-030-43107-5 (9783030431075)
10.1007/978-3-030-43108-2
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Dr David Mitchell received his PhD from the University of Liverpool, UK. Since 2015 he has been working as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

1. Introduction: Existentialism and Humanism.- 2. Nietzsche's Non-Humanist Existentialism: Perversity and genealogy.- 3. Nietzsche's Non-Humanist Existentialism: Secondary perversion and the slave revolt.- 4. Sartre, Nothingness and Perversity.- 5. Sartre, Perversity and Self-evasion.- 6. Sartre, Perversity and self-deception.

This book argues that existentialism's concern with human existence does not simply make it another form of humanism. Influenced by Heidegger's 1947 'Letter on Humanism', structuralist and post-structuralist critics have both argued that existentialism is synonymous with a naïve 'humanist' idea of the subject. Such identification has led to the movement's dismissal as a credible philosophy; this book aims to challenge such a view.

Through a lucid and thought-provoking exploration of the concept of perversity in Sartre and Nietzsche, Mitchell argues that understanding the human as a 'perversion' of something other than itself allows us to have a philosophy of the human without the humanist subject. In short, through perversion, we can talk about the human as not merely having a relation to the world, but of being that relation. With an explicit defence of Sartre against the charge of humanism, accompanied by a novel and distinctive reinterpretation of Nietzsche, Mitchell recovers an existentialism that is at once both radical and philosophically relevant.

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