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"Sartre," by Mitch Francis

Sartre’s Existentialism

This main text here is the lecture Sartre delivered October 29, 1945 to a packed Club Maintenant in Paris. It served also as the basis for the 1946 book, Existentialism and Humanism.[avatars][oohcol] [commentary] [oohead] 1. Introduction [/oohead] [phil writer=”Lalor”]Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) is one of the 20th century’s most colorful philosophers: toward the beginning of the 1940s, Sartre spent nine months in a Nazi prison camp, and after World War II popularized the “existentialist” movement elucidated below; in the 50s, he publicly attributed responsibility to all French citizens for atrocities in the Algerian War; in 1964, he turned down the Nobel […]

I Heart Huckabees: Albert and Tommy

I Sartre Huckabees

Disclosure: As a philosopher, I received complimentary tickets. And hey, I did draft this piece in 2005. It’s not over-polished; but I like it. [clear][phil][oohcol class=”show-display-posts”] Introduction The one-time first comment about I Heart Huckabees (2004) on the Internet Movie Database read: “Risky, inventive & not totally successful film – enjoyable even if it made very little sense to me.” My aim here may seem a little paradoxical: in explaining what sense the film makes, I explain why it is a viewer’s own fault if the film lacked sense. Beyond the masterfully crafted characters and the trove of wonderful one-liners […]