Sartre and God: A Spiritual Odyssey? Part 1

John H Gillespie

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This two-part article examines whether Sartre's final interviews, recorded in L'Espoir maintenant [Hope Now], indicate a final turn to belief through an overview of his engagement with the idea of God throughout his career. In Part 1 we examine Sartre's early atheism, but note the pervasive nature of secularised Christian metaphors and concepts in his religion of letters and the centrality of man's desire to be God in Being and Nothingness. His theoretical writings seek to refute the idea of God, but in doing so God is paradoxically both absent and present. In Part 2 we assess his anti-theism and consider his final encounter with theism in L'Espoir maintenant, arguing that it is part of Sartre's long-term engagement with the idea of God.
LanguageEnglish
Pages71-90
JournalSartre Studies International
Volume19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Gillespie, John H. / Sartre and God: A Spiritual Odyssey? Part 1. In: Sartre Studies International. 2013 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 71-90.
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