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24.01 Classics of Western Philosophy Prof. Rae Langton VII. Sartre Lecture 2 4 . Existentialism is a Humanism, contd. 1. Bad faith. Given how unpleasant anguish is, we all try to escape it, by acting us if we don’t, after all, have this terrifying freedom. In the excerpt of our anthology, Sartre alludes to this in the passages about how we flee from our anxiety (1221); but see also Being and Nothingness , 1210-1211, 1213. We try to avoid anguish as best as we can, through bad faith. Bad faith is a kind of pretense to yourself that you more thing-like than you really are: that you are being-in-itself instead of being-for-itself, that you have an essence, that you have no choice about something, that there is something determining, or guiding, you to do what you do. 2. Bad faith is paradoxical. It is a kind of dishonesty that has a paradoxical quality. One aspect of the paradox is that it involves choosing to believe that you cannot choose . Furthermore, since it involves somehow lying to oneself, it involves ascribing ignorance and
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