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A who is who of Sartre students give a contribution to a set of multidisciplinary views from sociology, faith, and bioethics, on a hitherto overlooked quarter of Sartre's philosophy.

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My ultimate and initial project – for these are but one – is, as we shall see, always the outline of a solution of the problem of being’ (BN 463). From the perspective of world-making Sartre can be understood to be ontologizing Nelson Goodman’s and Hilary Putnam’s later claims about how our language makes our world. World-making does put Sartre in opposition to Merleau-Ponty, but not in the way Merleau-Ponty conceives it. Both the world-making and the difference in Merleau-Ponty’s conception of it emerge if we turn to Sartre’s view of sensation and to what he terms the various levels on which the body can exist.

See, for example, Fell 1979. I do not agree with a good deal of what Fell has to say, but, for the most part, he places the discussion on the proper level, and he does not have most of the problems with Being and Nothingness that many Sartreans have. Also, I have discussed the Sartrean canon in Catalano 1996: 6–9. 2. See Catalano 1986: 14–17, 90–1, 136–7, and passim. 3. PP 215. Actually, there is little of consequence in this entire chapter that is in opposition to Sartre. 4. I have discussed pure reflection elsewhere, although not in comparison with Merleau-Ponty’s objections.

Catalano The body and the book The general task of the language of Being and Nothingness is to gradually reintroduce the lived horizon into thetic consciousness in such a way that natural kinds and interpersonal relations emerge not as fixed by some panoramic consciousness, but as related to the fact that reality is impregnated by organic consciousness. Since my purpose is both to examine the way the chapter on the body fits within Being and Nothingness as a whole and to show how the arrangement of chapters reflects Sartre’s philosophy, it will be useful to have the book’s general outline before us: Introduction: The Pursuit of Being Part One: The Problem of Nothingness Chapter One: The Origin of Negation Chapter Two: Bad Faith Part Two: Being-for-Itself Chapter One: Immediate Structures of the For-Itself Chapter Two: Temporality Chapter Three: Transcendence Part Three: Being-for-Others Chapter One: The Existence of Others Chapter Two: The Body Chapter Three: Concrete Relations with Others Part Four: Having, Doing, Being Chapter One: Being and Doing: Freedom Chapter Two: Doing and Having Conclusion If we look at this outline as giving a list of parts and chapters that could be read more or less independently and that are united by the loose structure that is found in the expository writing which is evident in Merleau-Ponty’s own works, then it does seem that Sartre has little regard for the human body.

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