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Master of Arts (MA)
J. M. Noxon
The subject of this thesis is Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy of freedom. This involves an examination of Sartre's ontological description of the being of the world, the being-in-itself, and the being of men, the being-for-itself. Sartre's description reveals man, a conscious being, as the origin of negation. The nihilating characteristic of man' consciousness enables him to freely project ends of action in a world of obstacles. By choosing his own mode of being, man makes himself and his world takes on meaning in relation to his projects. In short, freedom, Sartre claims, in absolute and limited only by freedom itself.
Elderkin, William Robert Miller, "Man in the Mode of Not-Being. An Ontological Study of Human Freedom in the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre Developed from the Ontological Analysis of Conciousness as the Origin of the Negation." (1965). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5788.
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