The Ethical Dimension of Sartre's "Being and Nothingness"
Hastings, Christopher G.
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According to the author, Sartre's Being and Nothingness is criticized because the ideas expressed preclude a meaningful system of ethics. The author contends that these critics fail to consider the book as an organic and complete system and so he analyzes the concepts behind the three most challenging statements: 1) "man is a useless passion"; 2) "value can be revealed only to an active freedom which makes it exist as value by the sole fact of recognizing it as such"; and 3) "hell is other people."