129 The Sartrean Cogito : A Journey between Versions DOROTHY LELAND Purdue University The Sartrean cogito, sensible to many of Sartre's commentators, has from our first meeting refused to present a constant face. And it seems intellectually dangerous to force on the Sartrean cogito a banal consis- tency lacking in Sartre's own description, particularly given the pivotal role which the cogito plays in Sartre's ontology. Thus, rather than at- tempting to determine which of Sartre's versions of the cogito is the "real" version-the most consistent, the most frequently invoked, or whatever-I have tried here to capture the Sartrean cogito in its changes of face in order to determine their source and reason. This is a risky business-tracing the configuration of an uncertain physiognomy-but perhaps less risky than questioning Sartre's words for what he "would" say or collapsing an aberrent formulation into a preferred version for the sake of preserving internal coherence. z Critics of Sartre claim that he has smuggled Cartesianism in the back door of his ontology. In Being and Nothingness we have a philosophy which begins with the consciousness of being consciousness, and though Sartre explicitly rejects the Cartesian cogito, his own ontological argument begins with
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