Date of Award

10-1971

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Romance Languages

Supervisor

E. W. Knight

Language

English

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to define Sartre's concept of bad faith in L'Etre et le Néant and to apply this definition to Sartre's early plays. It is also hoped that the study will show the relevance of the theory of bad faith to our daily practice. Les Séquestrés d'Altona has been omitted both because of its complexity and because it would entail an examination of the Critique de la Raison Dialectique which is not possible in the scope of this thesis. The point of view in this thesis is considered by some to be biased but it is the opinion of the author that objectivity is not possible and that Marxism, which is the outlook of Sartre himself, is the correct one.

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