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Sunday, 3 October 2010

Sartre's Last Words on La Rochelle? Sartre and Existential Choice

In La Rochelle he lost his faith,
Those were the worst years of his life.
“But, ah, those existential oysters-
(A toast to their Creator)
With a pineau des Charentes!”



Sartre, Existentialism and Choice

An animated film-clip, BBC (no longer available)

"Jean-Paul Sartre and Existential Choice"

"The existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre thought that human beings live in anguish. Not because life is terrible. But rather because, we’re ‘condemned to be free’. We're ‘thrown’ into existence, become aware of ourselves, and have to make choices. Even deciding not to choose is a choice. According to Sartre, every choice reveals what we think a human being should be".

Recipes from the Jean-Paul Sartre Cookbook, Roz Chast cartoon, The New Yorker

Narrated by Stephen Fry. Scripted by Nigel Warburton.

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