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Sartre and God: A Spiritual Odyssey? Part 1

Gillespie, John H (2013) Sartre and God: A Spiritual Odyssey? Part 1. Sartre Studies International, 19 (1). pp. 71-90. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This two-part article examines whether Sartre's final interviews, recorded in L'Espoir maintenant [Hope Now], indicate a final turn to belief through an overview of his engagement with the idea of God throughout his career. In Part 1 we examine Sartre's early atheism, but note the pervasive nature of secularised Christian metaphors and concepts in his religion of letters and the centrality of man's desire to be God in Being and Nothingness. His theoretical writings seek to refute the idea of God, but in doing so God is paradoxically both absent and present. In Part 2 we assess his anti-theism and consider his final encounter with theism in L'Espoir maintenant, arguing that it is part of Sartre's long-term engagement with the idea of God.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Modern Languages
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Modern Languages
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:26722
Deposited By: Professor John Gillespie
Deposited On:02 Sep 2013 21:03
Last Modified:02 Sep 2013 21:03

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