Transcendental Nothingness and Atheism in Sartre’s Ontology

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Abstract

This paper offers a reading of Sartre’s phenomenological ontology in light of the premodern understanding of ‘transcendentals’ as common notions that predicate all determinate beings. Drawing on Sartre’s discussion of ‘determination as negation’ in Being and Nothingness, this paper argues that Sartre’s universal predicate of the ‘not’ (non) could be understood in terms of the Scholastic conception of transcendentals. But whereas the Scholastics saw the transcendental properties of oneness, truth and goodness as reflections of God’s divine perfections, Sartre’s predicate of the ‘not’ operates as an atheistic transcendental which signifies the non-being of God – that God is not.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2020
Event2020 Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society - University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jul 202012 Jul 2020
https://www.aristoteliansociety.org.uk/the-joint-session/the-2020-joint-session/

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Conference2020 Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society
Abbreviated titleJoint Session 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCanterbury
Period10/07/2012/07/20
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