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Sartre on Sin: Between Being and Nothingness

Kate Kirkpatrick


This book argues that Jean-Paul Sartre’s early, anti-humanist philosophy is indebted to the Christian doctrine of original sin. On the standard reading, Sartre’s most fundamental and attractive idea is freedom: he wished to demonstrate the existence of human freedom, and did so by connecting consciousness with nothingness. Taking Being and Nothingness as its primary exegetical focus, this book demonstrates that Sartre’s concept of nothingness (le néant) has a Christian genealogy which has been overlooked in philosophical and theological discussions of his work. Previous scholars have noted the ... More

Keywords: Sartre, sin, freedom, nothingness, néant, ontology, phenomenology of religion, grace, hamartiology

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Kirkpatrick, author
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire and Lecturer in Theology, St Peter's College, Oxford

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