Condemned Freedom: Sartre

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When discussing the Vietnam War and his choice to be involved in discussing international politics Sartre said, “No matter what I write. I am always in contradiction with myself and with society. That is what being an intellectual means” (M. I. Kindred). The following essay will explain how a contradiction of himself weakens one of the philosopher’s most famous quotes. In examining Sartre’s idea of humans being “condemned to be free,” there will be logical faults. There will be contradictions with this concept from Sartre’s life. There will also be dissenting beliefs from other Existentialists. Sartre believed that by stating that we are condemned to be free he was expressing the Existentialist emphasis found on human freedom, in reality…show more content…
This shows that Sartre followed a particular political ideal and chose to leave after feeling that his relationship with the political party no longer benefited him. There should be an examination focusing on if joining a group or political party does actually mean one is refusing to choose, as we saw in Sartre’s own life the choice to join and leave an organization are always readily available to the participating person. Focusing on a specific example we can see that our choices to join organizations (though we may let these organizations affect our choices and temporary freedoms) may help us define our essence. A college student decides one day they want to be a member of a club. The student who is a pre-med major decides they will best enjoy joining a club focused on medicine so the student joins the future medical professionals club. This student was not defined as a pre-med major because they joined the future medical professional clubs. They instead have chosen to give up certain freedoms (time required to attend meetings or a specific dress code expected at the clubs events) in exchange for furthering their own goals. Is this not a core concept of Existentialist philosophy? Making choices to define your essence. The student wants to be a medical professional so they make a choice to be a member of an organization they believe will aid them in this endeavor. Sartre would argue against such behavior, he
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