Review Questions On EAH

1. What two types of existentialists are there? Which one is Sartre?

2. Sartre asserts that existentialists of all types agree that “existence precedes essence”. What does this phrase mean? If Sartre is right, what would the implications be for our understanding of human nature?

3. What consequences does Sartre derive for ethics from the proposition that existence precedes essence?

4. From where, according to Sartre, does the existentialist sense of anguish come?

5. In his discussion of the sense of forlornness, Sartre famously says that man is “condemned to be free”. What does he mean by this? Why are human beings condemned to be free on his view?

6. What does” despair” mean, in Sartre’s parlance? How his Sartre’s sense of despair different from quietism?

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