Media Ecology Doctoral Seminar, Fall 2003 Sam Howard-Spink

Jean-Paul Sartre -- Search For a Method

Presentation notes on Chapters 1 and 2

1 . Marxism and Existentialism

At first glance it appears that Sartre's early existentialism should be in conflict with Marxism. The deterministic nature of historical materialism apparently contradicts the freedom of the individual (and the inherent ambiguity this confers on the future) at the heart of existentialism. The question is, how to reconcile the two?

2. The Problem of Mediations and Auxiliary Disciplines