Aquinas and Sartre: On Freedom, Personal Identity, and the by Stephen Wang

By Stephen Wang

Thomas Aquinas and Jean-Paul Sartre tend to be pointed out with totally different philosophical traditions: intellectualism and voluntarism. during this unique learn, Stephen Wang exhibits, as a substitute, that there are a few profound similarities of their knowing of freedom and human identification. Aquinas provides way more scope than is mostly said to the open-endedness of cause in human deliberation, and argues that we will rework ourselves in fairly radical methods via our offerings. Sartre famously emphasizes the novel nature of selection, but in addition develops a refined account of rationality and of the authentic limits we stumble upon on the earth and in ourselves. And in either thinkers the center of human freedom lies in our skill to settle on the objectives we're looking, as we look for an elusive fulfilment that lies past the confines of our temporal experience.

This vital research will curiosity Aquinas and Sartre students, in addition to basic readers looking an creation to their notion. it's going to even be worthy for philosophers looking clean views on questions of freedom, happiness, own id, act thought, meta-ethics, and theories of the self.

ABOUT the writer:

Stephen Wang lectures in philosophy and systematic theology at Allen corridor, London, and is vacationing lecturer in ethical philosophy at St Mary's college collage, Twickenham.

PRAISE FOR THE publication:

"This provocative ebook juxtaposes philosophers more often than not linked to appreciably various views. . . . The book's power lies in its transparent and nuanced clarification of hugely complicated principles, demonstrating much more care via offering unique language citations for keyword phrases. . . . total, this sincerely written research bargains very important insights into political anthropology, motion conception, existentialism, and Thomistic studies." ― A. W. Klink, Choice

"Wang articulates with magnificent readability, precision, and subtlety the typical positive aspects of Aquinas' and Sartre's debts of the that means of human life, the method of human realizing, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness." ― Severin Kitanov, Religious experiences Review


"This provocative ebook juxtaposes philosophers more often than not linked to appreciably diverse views. Wang reveals parts of similarity and convergence among Aquinas and Sartre of their concentrate on identification and motion conception. The book's power lies in its transparent and nuanced explication of hugely advanced rules, demonstrating much more care by means of delivering unique language citations for key words. . . . total, this in actual fact written research deals very important insights into philosophical anthropology, motion idea, existentialism, and Thomistic stories. . . . Recommended." ― A. W. Klink, Duke University

"[A] well-written volume." ―Eileen C. Sweeney, Journal of the historical past of Philosophy

"A very good and unique piece of labor. lower than Wang's probing exam Aquinas and Sartre become perfect commentators on every one other's paintings. not often have I obvious one of these blend of real scholarship and interpretative aptitude, in this sort of readable prose."―Timothy McDermott, editor of Thomas Aquinas: chosen Philosophical Writings

"Stephen Wang is phenomenally well-placed to debate the exciting and unforeseen courting among Sartre's existentialism and Aquinas's obvious 'essentialism,' and to teach the typical floor they proportion over concerns similar to accountability, freedom, or even happiness. This e-book is stimulating, basically written, and hugely original."―Christina Howells, collage of Oxford, editor of The Cambridge better half to Sartre

"A significant contribution to the appreciation of either authors."―Thomas Flynn, Emory collage, writer of Sartre, Foucault, and historic Reason

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In Being and Nothingness, what you might call “subjectivity” is not what it would be for me today: the little gap in an operation by which what has been internalized is reexternalized as an act. 67 Howells warns us against thinking that in the later Sartre human beings are dissolved into the structures that traverse them. ”68 In Sartre’s later works we are conditioned all the way down, and responsibility is now more about identifying and integrating the many antecedent influences that have conditioned us than abandoning them.

60 Herbert Spiegelberg writes that Sartre’s critique of Husserl is unconvincing and lacks an adequate grasp of the phenomenological issues involved. ”61 Thomas Busch, 57. A. J. Ayer, “Novelist-Philosophers: V. Jean-Paul Sartre,” Horizon 12 (1945): 19; and Phyllis Sutton Morris, Sartre’s Concept of a Person: An Analytic Approach (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1976), 24–25. 58. See the section “Consciousness and Intentionality” in chapter 1 below. 59. Jean-Paul Sartre, The Transcendence of the Ego: An Existentialist Theory of Consciousness, trans.

Thomas W. Busch, “Sartre’s Use of the Reduction: Being and Nothingness Reconsidered,” in Jean-Paul Sartre: Contemporary Approaches to His Philosophy, ed. Hugh J. Silverman and Frederick A. : Duquesne University Press, 1980), 28. 63. James M. Edie, “The Roots of the Existentialist Theory of Freedom in ‘Ideas I,’ ” Husserl Studies 1 (1984): 245–50; and James M. Edie, “The Question of the Transcendental Ego: Sartre’s Critique of Husserl,” Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 24 (1993): 105–15.

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