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Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World$
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Charles Forsdick and David Murphy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310546

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846319808

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date: 20 October 2018

Roads to Freedom: Jean-Paul Sartre and Anti-colonialism

Roads to Freedom: Jean-Paul Sartre and Anti-colonialism

(p.147) Chapter 11 Roads to Freedom: Jean-Paul Sartre and Anti-colonialism
Postcolonial Thought in the French-speaking World

Patrick Williams

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Jean-Paul Sartre's concept of freedom, his post-war trilogy Les Chemins de la liberté, and his intellectual (and activist) engagement with anti-colonialism. It also looks at his instanciation of postcolonialism as an ‘anticipatory’ discourse, more concerned with looking forward to the achievement of a still unfulfilled condition of freedom than with celebrating the successes of an earlier generation. Finally, the chapter analyses Sartre's reopening of the question of ethics twenty years after his book Being and Nothingness was published and his argument that violence is the only method for colonised people to end their oppression.

Keywords:   Jean-Paul Sartre, freedom, la liberté, anti-colonialism, postcolonialism, violence, ethics, Being and Nothingness

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