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Sartre and Pretense – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Criticism, Philosophy

But those of us unfettered by being either professional philosophers or patriotic Frenchmen can surely suggest that even Sartre’s first and most famous treatise shows all the signs not just of his later mummery, but of the mummery of other pundits who came to later fame. Foucault, Derrida and the like shouldn’t have needed scientific debunking to prove them fraudulent: the pseudo-scientific vacuity of their argufying was sufficiently evident from the wilful obfuscation of their stylistic hoopla: and the same could have been said of their progenitor.

This is something that I have unconsciously known to be true for quite sometime, but was only freed to explicitly recognise it when I read this passage.Sartre is little more than a pompous, self-indulgent fool.


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