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PA Podcast from a Priest & Atheist: On Jean-Paul Sartre Part I: Laying Foundations

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

PA LogoThis is xMabaitx and I’s inaugural “PA: Public Announcements from a Priest & Atheist” podcast.  This podcast is a series on philosophy, politics, and theory.

This specific podcast covers some of the foundational theory of Jean-Paul Sartre in the lead up to his magnum opus, Being and Nothingness.

This podcast is one-hour long and covers:

  1. Intro and intro song: “Defeaning” by From Monuments to Masses on the album Schools of Thought Contend (00:00-06:11)
  2. Briefly on Sartre (06:11-08:27)
  3. On The Transcendence of Ego (08:27-26:17)
  4. Musical break: “Sous le ciel de Paris” by Jacqueline François on the album Anthologie de la chanson française : 1953 (26:17-29:26)
  5. The Transcendence of Ego continued (29:26-38:22)
  6. On The Psychology of Imagination (38:22-47:47)
  7. Musical break: “Tu es partout” by Edith Piaf on the album Anthologie de la chanson française : 1943 (47:47-50:31)
  8. On The Emotions (50:31-57:52)
  9. Concluding song “L’Internationale” and extra (57:52-1:01:01)

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Some notes:

Due to us “talking” and basically thinking out loud xMabaitx and I will have obviously made some mistakes.  Like around minute 18 I say, “The Ego is apart of consciousness” but I meant to say, “The Ego is apart from consciousness.”

Were are also purposely leaving out the terms etre-en-soi and etre-pour-soi purposfully to keep things simple so this tends to lead to a little confusion of when we are talking about consciousness as sometimes we mean pre-reflective consciousness, reflective consciousness, and sometimes pour-soi.  We will use more technical jargon during out upcoming podcasts (such as “practico-inert” and “being-for-others” and other such fun and exciting phrases!).

Books We’ve Used for this Podcast

Barret, William.  Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy: Second Edition.  New York: Anchor Books, 1990.

Cox, Gary.  The Sartre Dictionary.  New York: Continuum, 2008.

Detmer, David.  Sartre Explained: From Bad Faith to Authenticity.  Peru, Illinois: Open Court, 2008.

Drake, David.  Sartre.  London: Haus Publishing, 2005.

Flynn, Thomas R.  Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Sartre and Marxist Existentialism: The Test Case of Collective Responsibility.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

Santoni, Ronald E.  Bad Faith, Good Faith, and Authenticity in Sartre’s Early Philosophy.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1995.

Sartre, Jean-Paul.  Between Existentialism and Marxism.  Translated by John Matthews.  London: Verso, 2008.

The Transcendence of the Ego: An Existentialist Theory of Consciousness.  Translated by Forrest Williams and Robert Kirkpatrick.  New York: Macmillan, 1991.

Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology.  Translated by Hazel E. Barnes  New York: Washington Square Press, 1984.

McCulloch, Gregory.  Using Sartre: An Analytical Introduction to Early Sartean Themes.  New York: Routledge, 2001.

Thody, Philip and Howard Read.  Introducing Sartre.  Cambridge: Totem Books, 2005.


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