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History and Emancipatory Interest

History and Emancipatory Interest 232 REVIEW ARTICLES History and Emancipatory Interest Thomas R. Flynn. Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason. Vol. 1, Toward an Existentialist Theory of History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. xvi + 340 pp. Index. The work of Thomas Flynn is well-known to those engaged in Sartre studies. Through his many articles and especially his book Sartre and Marxist Existentiali.sm' he has established a reputation for impeccable scholarship, clarity of expres- sion, and a knack for revealing, to borrow a word from Sartre himself, the "sens" of Sartre's writings. One might summarize the latter in terms of Flynn's view that Sartre's philosophy consistently reflects a commitment to the primacy of the individual in ontology, epistemology, and ethics, and that the inter- twining of imagination and morality forms the core of all of Sartre's works. In his most recent venture, Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason. Vol. 1, Toward an Existentialist Theory of History (TEH), Flynn tells us that `'the aim of the pre- sent volume is to erect an existentialist philosophy of history according to plans scattered throughout the Sartrean corpus" (xi). The realization of this aim falls into three parts. Part One deals mainly with the War Diaries and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

History and Emancipatory Interest

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 29 (1): 232 – Jan 1, 1999

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© 1999 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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232 REVIEW ARTICLES History and Emancipatory Interest Thomas R. Flynn. Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason. Vol. 1, Toward an Existentialist Theory of History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. xvi + 340 pp. Index. The work of Thomas Flynn is well-known to those engaged in Sartre studies. Through his many articles and especially his book Sartre and Marxist Existentiali.sm' he has established a reputation for impeccable scholarship, clarity of expres- sion, and a knack for revealing, to borrow a word from Sartre himself, the "sens" of Sartre's writings. One might summarize the latter in terms of Flynn's view that Sartre's philosophy consistently reflects a commitment to the primacy of the individual in ontology, epistemology, and ethics, and that the inter- twining of imagination and morality forms the core of all of Sartre's works. In his most recent venture, Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason. Vol. 1, Toward an Existentialist Theory of History (TEH), Flynn tells us that `'the aim of the pre- sent volume is to erect an existentialist philosophy of history according to plans scattered throughout the Sartrean corpus" (xi). The realization of this aim falls into three parts. Part One deals mainly with the War Diaries and

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Published: Jan 1, 1999

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