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A Philosopher of the Imagination

Starting with his thesis for the diplôme d'études supérieures titled "The Image in Psychological Life: Role and Nature" (1926) Sartre exhibited a strong interest in the realm of the imaginary. This becomes the object of two of his early publications, L'imagination (1936), a reworking of the earlier thesis, and the more important L'imaginaire (The imaginary) (1940), in many ways the key to his subsequent thought. For what he attributes to imaging consciousness in the latter—namely, that it is the locus of possibility, negativity, and lack—is precisely how he will later characterizes being-for-itself or consciousness in Being and Nothingness. Imaging consciousness becomes the paradigm of consciousness in general for Sartre.

From this follow several characteristic features of his aesthetics, ethics, and political theory as well as the choice of the imaginary on the...

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