Mapping Existentialist History

in Sartre, Foucault, and Historical Reason

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780226254708
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226254722 | DOI:
Mapping Existentialist History

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Existentialism is the paradigm of philosophy done in the “anthropological slumber” from which Foucault claims we are awakening. This chapter intensifies the comparison of Foucault's work with the Sartrean model by attempting to map his existentialist historiography across the modern episteme. The success or failure of this process will determine whether Sartre can escape the confines of nineteenth-century (modern) thought to which Foucault and others have assigned him. Specifically, pursuing the spatial model, this chapter locates existentialist history within Foucault's anthropological quadrilateral—the historical a priori of modern thought—and then charts it along each of the three axes of reasoning.

Keywords: existentialism; Foucault; spatialized reasoning; Sartre; history; modern episteme

Chapter.  12377 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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