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Freedom in Sartre’s Phenomenology: The Kantian Limits of a Radical Project




An easily recognizable feature of Sartre’s phenomenological existentialism is his conception of freedom. According to a popular interpretation, we are absolutely free, not only from factual constraints, but also free to create and pursue our own values. In this respect, Sartre appears to continue in a radical direction the Kantian project of making room for freedom in a world colonized by scientific determinism and dogmatic moralism. This chapter challenges the popular reading. It argues that Sartre extends the implications of Kant’s conception of freedom, especially concerning the constraining character of imperatives and principles; yet he acknowledges the need for some limitation on a legitimate account of freedom. This limitation is given by the higher-order values (e.g., authenticity) expressed by our free actions.


Baiasu. (2021). Freedom in Sartre’s Phenomenology: The Kantian Limits of a Radical Project. In Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism and Phenomenology. Palgrave Macmillan.

Acceptance Date Jun 23, 2021
Publication Date Jun 23, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 24, 2024
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Title Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism
Series ISSN 2634-6230
Book Title Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism and Phenomenology
ISBN 978-3-030-66856-3
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