让 保尔 萨特把思考与哲学变得魅力四射
Jean-Paul Sartre made thinking and philosophy glamorous.
He was born in Paris in 1905. His father, a navy captain, died when he was a baby – and
he grew up extremely close to his mother until she remarried, much to his regret, when he was twelve.
Sartre spent most of his life in Paris, where he often went to cafes on the Left Bank. He
他一只斜眼 另一只眼无神戴着一副与众不同的沉重的眼镜 他身材矮小
had a strabismus, a wandering eye, and wore distinctive, heavy glasses. He was very short
(five feet three inches) and frequently described himself as ugly.
By the 60’s Sartre was a household name in both Europe and the United States, and
他的经典哲学 存在主义 也是如此
so was his chosen philosophy, Existentialism.
Sartre is famous principally for his book Being and Nothingness (1943), which enhanced
his reputation not so much because people could understand his ideas
but because they couldn’t quite.
Existentialism was built around a number of key insights:
One: Things are weirder than we think
Sartre is acutely attentive to moments when the world reveals itself as far stranger and
more uncanny than we normally admit; moments when the logic we ascribe to it day-to-day
becomes unavailable, showing things to be highly contingent and even absurd and frightening.
萨特的第一部小说 出版于1938年的 恶心里边充斥着引发这些时刻的时间
Sartre’s first novel – Nausea, published in 1938 – is full of evocations of such moments.
一方面 主人公 罗丹冈 一个生活在
At one point, the hero, Roquentin, a 30-year-old writer living in a fictional
French seaside town, is on a tram.
He puts his hand on the seat, but then pulls it back rapidly. Instead of being the most
basic and obvious piece of design, scarcely worth a moment’s notice, the seat promptly
strikes him as deeply strange;
the word ‘seat’ comes loose from its moorings, the object it refers to shines forth in all
its primordial oddity, as if he’s never seen one before. Roquentin has to force himself
to remember that this thing beside him is something for people to sit on. For a terrifying moment,
Roquentin has peered into what Sartre calls the ‘absurdity of the world.’
Such a moment goes to the heart of Sartre’s philosophy. To be Sartrean is to be aware
of existence as it is when it has been stripped of any of the prejudices and stabilising assumptions
lent to us by our day-to-day routines.
We can try out a Sartrean perspective on many aspects of our own lives. Think of what you
来想想我们所熟知的 与伴侣共进晚餐 吧
know as ‘the evening meal with your partner’.
Under such a description, it all seems fairly logical, but a Sartrean would strip away the
surface normality to show the radical strangeness lurking beneath.
Dinner really means that: when your part of the planet has spun away
from the energy of a distant hydrogen and helium explosion,
you slide your knees under strips of a chopped-up tree
and put sections of dead animals and plants in your mouth and chew,
while next to you, another mammal whose genitals you sometimes touch is doing the same.
Two: We are free
Such weird moments are certainly disorienting and rather scary, but Sartre wants to draw
our attention to them for one central reason: because of their liberating dimensions.
生活固然要比我们所想的古怪得多 但还有一个推论是 生活同时也存在丰富多彩的可能性
Life is a lot odder than we think, but it’s also as a consequence far richer in possibilities.
Things don’t have to be quite the way they are.
In the course of fully realising our freedom, we will come up against what Sartre calls
angoisse 或是说 痛苦所有事情都耸人听闻地有可能发生
the ‘angoisse’ or ‘anguish’ of existence. Everything is (terrifyingly) possible because
nothing has any pre-ordained, God-given sense or purpose.
Humans are just making it up as they go along, and are free to cast aside the shackles at
3.我们不应该活在 执念 中
Three: We shouldn’t live in ‘Bad faith’
Sartre gave a term to the phenomenon of living without taking freedom properly on board.
He called it BAD FAITH.
We are in bad faith whenever we tell ourselves that things have to be a certain way and shut
our eyes to other options.
It is bad faith to insist that we have to do a particular kind of work or live with
a specific person or make our home in a given place.
对执念最出名的描述出自 存在与虚无 这本书里
The most famous description of ‘bad faith’ comes in Being and Nothingness, when Sartre
萨特留意到 有个服务生因他对自己角色的过度奉献 而让人印象深刻 好像他首先
notices a waiter who strikes him as overly devoted to his role, as if he were first and
foremost a waiter rather than a free human being.
His movement is quick and forward, a little too precise, a little too rapid. He comes
towards the patrons with a step that is a little too quick. He bends forward a little
的姿势有点太过急切 他的声音 和眼神流露出的
too eagerly: his voice, his eyes express an interest a little too solicitous for the order
of the customer…’
The man (he was probably modelled on someone in Saint-Germain’s Café de Flore) has convinced
himself that he is essentially, necessarily a waiter rather than a free creature who could
be a jazz pianist or a fisherman on a North Sea trawler.
Four: We’re free to dismantle capitalism.
The one factor that most discourages people from
experiencing themselves as free is money. Most of us will shut down a range of possible
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options (moving abroad, trying out a new career, leaving a partner) by saying,
‘that’s if I didn’t have to worry about money.’
This passivity in the face of money enraged Sartre at a political level. He thought of
capitalism as a giant machine designed to create a sense of necessity which doesn’t
in fact exist in reality:
it makes us tell ourselves we have to work a certain number of hours, buy a particular
product or service, and so on.
But in this, there is only the denial of freedom – and a refusal to take as seriously as
we should the possibility of living in other ways.
It was because of these views that Sartre had a life long interest in Marxism.
Marxism seemed in theory to allow people to explore their freedom, by reducing the role played
in their lives by material considerations.
20世纪60年代 萨特参与了很多巴黎街头的抗议活动 1968年再次被逮捕后
Sartre took part in many protests in the streets of Paris in the 60s. Arrested yet again in
查尔斯 戴高乐总统赦免了他 并说
1968, President Charles de Gaulle had him pardoned, saying,
“you don’t arrest Voltaire.”
萨特还拜访过 费德罗 卡斯特罗 和 切 格瓦拉他深深地敬重这两个人物
Sartre also visited Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and admired them both deeply. As a result
of these connections and his radical politics, the FBI kept a large file on Sartre trying
to deduce what his suspicious philosophy might really mean.
萨特所极力主张的 事情不一定必须是它们现有的样子 这点 非常发人深省
Sartre is inspiring in his insistence that things do not have to be the way they are.
He is hugely alive to our unfulfilled potential, as individuals and as a species.
He urges us to accept the fluidity of existence
去创建全新的制度 习惯 观点 以及思想
and to create new institutions, habits, outlooks and ideas.
The admission that life doesn’t have some preordained logic and is not inherently meaningful
can be a source of immense relief when we feel oppressed by the weight of tradition
and the status quo.
哲学 - 萨特
让 保尔 萨特把思考与哲学变得魅力四射