Sartre & God (was Re: the mature Marx?)

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at
Mon Dec 25 00:14:08 MST 2000

>French philosophy of the Marxist left in which
>Sartre is known as a "humanist"

Sartre wrote in _Being and Nothingness_ (1942): "Man can will nothing
unless he has first understood that he must count no one but himself;
that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite
responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he
sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for
himself on this earth."

What might the (then still) existentialist Sartre say if he were
alive today & looked into the threads on God, religion, spirituality,
etc. here, one wonders.

Then again, late in his life, Sartre became close to Benny Lévy &
spent his last decade discussing the meaning of the Torah with him,
according to Simone de Beauvoir (_La Cérémonie des adieux_. Paris:
Gallimard, 1981).  For instance, "En mars 1980, les entretiens de
Jean-Paul Sartre et de Benny Lévy publiés par Le Nouvel Observateur,
suscitèrent un tollé de protestations de la part des sartriens,
notamment de Simone de Beauvoir" (at


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