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The Religion of ExistenceAsceticism in Philosophy from Kierkegaard to Sartre$
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Noreen Khawaja

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226404516

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226404653.001.0001

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The Infinite Mission

The Infinite Mission

(p.158) Chapter 4 The Infinite Mission
The Religion of Existence

Noreen Khawaja

University of Chicago Press

This chapter looks at Sartre’s attempt to build on the thinking of Heidegger and Gide to develop a robust, humanist ethics of authenticity. The chapter theorizes the role that desire and waste play in Sartrean authenticity, and argues for a clear distinction between Sartre’s relation to theism and his relation to religion. Despite the atheistic bent of Sartre’s thinking, the chapter argues, the ascetic element of authenticity remains: the self is free to the extent that it continues to choose itself, to make up for not choosing, and to be the product of this labor.

Keywords:   Jean-Paul Sartre, Andre Gide, authenticity, choice, waste, desire

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