Linsenbard, Gail Books
About the author: Gail E. Linsenbard teaches social and political philosophy in the General Studies Program at New York University. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to her work on Sartre, she has published articles on the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir and women’s human rights. She is currently working on the existential psychology of William James.2000 0-7734-7793-4
This study explores Sartre’s reflections on morality in his posthumously published Cahiers Pour Une Morale. In particular it describes and elucidates the key concepts and ideas that might suggest Sartre’s conception of ‘une morale’ in 1947-48. In Notebooks, Sartre offers an analysis, missing in Being and Nothingness, of how one may reflectively overcome bad faith and live one’s life authentically. This book contributes to the general scholarship on Sartre in two other important ways. It attempts to say, systematically what Sartre’s ethics is not (or can not be), given his ontological commitments. Second, it offers a sustained Sartrean criticism of Kant’s moral theory, and in particular, it attempts to show why Sartre did not accept Kant’s principle of universalizability.