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Sartre, Foucault, and Historical ReasonA Poststructuralist Mapping of History$
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Thomas R. Flynn

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226254708

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226254722.001.0001

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Mapping Existentialist History

Mapping Existentialist History

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(p.177) Chapter Eight Mapping Existentialist History
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Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226254722.003.0008

Existentialism is the paradigm of philosophy done in the “anthropological slumber” from which Foucault claims we are awakening. This chapter intensifies the comparison of Foucault's work with the Sartrean model by attempting to map his existentialist historiography across the modern episteme. The success or failure of this process will determine whether Sartre can escape the confines of nineteenth-century (modern) thought to which Foucault and others have assigned him. Specifically, pursuing the spatial model, this chapter locates existentialist history within Foucault's anthropological quadrilateral—the historical a priori of modern thought—and then charts it along each of the three axes of reasoning.

Keywords:   existentialism, Foucault, spatialized reasoning, Sartre, history, modern episteme

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