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Dark Feelings, Grim ThoughtsExperience and Reflection in Camus and Sartre$
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Robert C. Solomon

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195181573.001.0001

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 No Way Out

 No Way Out

Sartre's No Exit and “Being‐for‐Others”

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Dark Feelings, Grim Thoughts

Robert C. Solomon

Oxford University Press

Sartre’s No Exit is a conscientiously trite play that explores some profound truths about what Sartre (in Being and Nothingness) calls Being-for-Others. No Exit presents us with three perverse characters in Hell who are forced to spend eternity together. The play explores the nature of human relationships, how people deceive one another and deceive themselves. Sartre’s conclusion is “Hell is other people”.

Keywords:   No Exit, Being and Nothingness, Being-for-Others, Bad Faith, facticity, transcendence, human relationships, Hell is other people

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