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Title of Thesis
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE’S ATHEISTIC EXISTENTIALISM AND ITS ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS

Author(s)
Kazi. A. Kadir
Institute/University/Department Details
University of Karachi
Session
2001
Subject
Religions
Number of Pages
204
Keywords (Extracted from title, table of contents and abstract of thesis)
jean-paul sartre, atheist, theist, ethics, morality, human affairs, social context, ethical implications

Abstract
The problem of morality is the problem of an individual’s choice and roles involving his commitment to a social context. It is however felt that philosophies of the last few hundred years or so have an orientation which can hardly be described as an argument for the individual. They have rather been concerned more with an order or context that is essentially trans-human.

In the first chapter we have tried to place this problem in various contexts. The contexts in which the problem has been discussed are theological, socio-economic, socio-political economic which allow a lesser place to the individual in the state of affairs than required by the moral context envisaged by us. We have also noted a change for man’ and the concern for the individual in recent literature leading towards the denial of transindividual values and atheistic stand point as adopted by Sartre.

In the chapter that follows, and the third and fourth, we discuss various theistic arguments about god as essential to knowledge (Berkeley and Spinoza), as necessary to being (Descartes and Leibniz) and as necessary for morality (some theologions, and Kant). Parallel to these theistic arguments, we develop Sartre’s atheistic thesis covering the tree theistic positions. In the Fifth Chapter we review and make some observations of certain theological concepts and his professed Philosophical method.

We then develop in the Sixth, Seventh and Eight Chapters the ethical implications of the thesis developed in the Chapters 2 to 4. we show that Sartre wrongly believes his notion of Freedom to involve the denial of the existence of God and then work out this concept of freedom in two chapters –Freedom versus God, make some comments on Sartre’s stand, and argue that he has over looked some important aspects of the moral context e.g. praise blame situation.

Following these two chapters we discuss and review in connection with’ freedom’ in the eighth chapter Sartrean account of our relations with other people and argue that it suffers form a correct and thorough analysis and further argue that human freedom need not be confined to such limited behaviour patterns. In the last chapter we raise three questions a developing out of the preceeding discussions and ask i) the relevance of atheism to moral situation ii) the possibility of making ethical assessments; lastly , iii) the possibility of a person’s committing himself to a role without falsifying his moral condition.

It should be stated here this study revolves round Sartre’s main argument as developed in his Being and Nothingness or in books and writings which are illustrative of this argument. References to more recent writings are incidental and elucidatory and provide different perspectives to the thesis developed here.

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S. No. Chapter Title of the Chapters Page Size (KB)
1 0 Contents/ Abstract
57.14 KB
2 1 Existential perspectives 10
247.77 KB
  1.1 Introduction
  1.2 The revolt against the dogma
  1.3 Man as a social tool
  1.4 The particular as part of the University : Hegal
  1.5 Man versus social engineering; Marx
  1.6 Role of man reaffirmed
  1.7 The individual
  1.8 Summary
3 2 Theist’s argument: Knowledge 38
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  2.1 Berkeley
  2.2 Spinoza
  2.3 The atheist’s argument: Sartre
4 3 Theist’s argument: being 61
91.43 KB
  3.1 God as necessary for Being : Descartes
  3.2 God- The centre of Universe: Leibniz
  3.3 God can not be the creator of Being: Sartre
  3.4 Sartre’s Strictures
5 4 Theist’s argument: Morality 72
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  4.1 Theistic Ethics
  4.2 Aquinas, Mortimer
  4.3 The moral argument: Kant
  4.4 The atheist’s Misgivings
  4.5 Self deception
6 5 Some observations 91
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  5.1 Kant’s Method
  5.2 Creation, Creator –God
  5.3 Master-slave relation
7 6 Freedom versus God (I) 107
184.27 KB
  6.1 Dimensions of freedom
  6.2 Creative-conformity: Descartes
  6.3 Indifference denied : Leibniz
  6.4 A case for responsibility: Sartre
  6.5 Antecedents to Ends-A rejection
  6.6 Past, Essences – Further clarifications
8 7 Freedom versus Good (II) 128
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  7.1 Consciousness and Negation
  7.2 Emotion and Negation
  7.3 The absolute lack
  7.4 The exercise of freedom
  7.5 Freedom and its implications
9 8 Relations with others 152
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  8.1 The look
  8.2 Love and Masochism
  8.3 Desire, Hate, sadism
  8.4 Freedom and torture
  8.5 A new dimension-scarcity
  8.6 Ethics and Human affairs: An appraisal
10 9 Commitment and involvement 175
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  9.1 Atheism and ethics/ Moral situation
  9.2 Ethical standards and concepts
  9.3 Roles and commitment
11 10 Bibliography 197
75.42 KB