Oppression and the Human Condition: An Introduction to Sartrean Existentialism
- Publish Date: 2002-11-06
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Thomas Martin
Oppression and the Human Condition is both a valuable teaching tool and an insightful addition to scholarship on the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. Students and teachers will find it an excellent and accessible introduction to Sartre's existentialism, ideal for courses in existentialist and 20th century philosophy. Equally, Sartre scholars will find that the book, especially the sections on oppression and 'bad faith,' gives them much to think about. Author Thomas Martin applies Sartre's philosophy to contemporary issues and concerns, and draws on two case studies to make his point. The cases examine modern-day oppressorsin one case an anti-semite, in the other a sexist who objectifies womenin the context of Sartre's 'bad faith.' The case studies also reinforce Martin's argument that Sartre's early philosophy, especially his concept of 'bad faith,' provides a framework for discussions of oppressions such as racism and sexism.