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Title: Sartre's Magical Being: an Introduction by Way of an Example
Authors: O'Shiel, Daniel # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Inc.
Series Title: Sartre Studies International vol:17 issue:2 pages:28-41
Conference: North American Sartre Society edition:18 location:Montreal date:27-29 April 2011
Abstract: Sartrean conceptions of the Ego, emotions, language, and the imaginary provide a comprehensive account of “magic” that could ultimately give rise to a new philosophical psychology. By focusing upon only one of these here—the imaginary—we see that through its irrealizing capabilities consciousness contaminates the world and bewitches itself in a manner that defies simple determinis- tic explication. We highlight this with an explication of what Sartre means by “nihilation” and the “analogon,” and introduce a concrete example of nostalgia, hoping to lay the scene for a detailed study into the dynamic between our ontological freedom and its constitu- tion and experience of phenomena as enchanting and bewitching. “Magical being” must therefore involve a deep, Sartrean analysis that explicates ontological freedom as becoming concretely engaged in both the real and irreal alike, whereby the imaginary as magic can lead to the most insane, as well as the most artistic, incantations.
ISSN: 1357-1559
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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