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Critique of Dialectical Reason, Volume One Paperback – August 17, 2004
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“The Critique is essential to any serious understanding of Sartre.”—George Steiner, Sunday Times
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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CDR was a massive attempt to describe the dynamic of various levels of human interaction & what characterizes these levels, from a mere chance collection of people to the social entity we call an institution. The ultimate objective was to show why Marx's categorization of "class" as some kind of hyperorganism was wrong. Its thesis statement can be drawn from its thematic antecedent, Search for a Method: cultural order is irreducible to natural order.
In CDR, life was endless occasions of totalizations, detotalizations, & retotalizatons on a field of scarcity. These various totalizations were instances of human groupness, whether people waiting @the bus stop, a soccer team, or the "mob" storming the Bastille. We called the temporalization of events "history."
First half of the volume, or Book I, is devoted mainly to ennui-provoking explanation of the dialectical investigation: hidden there in a footnote was Sartre's curt dismissal of Darwinism. However, he got wound up in Book II & showed how task assignments, division of labor, & the institution came about.
I know of no other original study, treatise, or even novel that uses the themes & concepts of CDR. A CDR-oriented examination of, say, American domestic relations court proceedings (with its forced as opposed to mediated reciprocity) might be a worthy endeavor.
[NOTE: page numbers below refer to the 1976 one-volume hardcover edition.]
He says, "one can ask how the type of synthetic relation known as Power can set itself up as the bond between the separate molecules. And all means of interpretation but two have been foresworn a priori. These two are, that Power emanates from God, and that Power emanates from certain intermittent metamorphoses which transform society into a totalised-totality, and it expresses the constraints of collective representation, etc. Unfortunately, neither god nor the totalised group actually exist. If it were really necessary to find a foundation for sovereignty, we would be searching for a long time: for there is no such thing." (Bk II, Ch. 6, Sec. 4, pg. 609-610)
He asserts, "The real contradiction of the State is that it is a class apparatus pursuing class objectives and, at the same time, positing itself for itself as the sovereign unity of all, that is, in the absolute Other-Being which is the nation." (Sec. 5, pg.Read more ›
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Let's assume that you think, as I do, that Sartre is arguably the greatest systematic philosopher of the 20th century for BEING AND NOTHINGNESS. Read morePublished 17 months ago by reading man
Sartre was primarily a moral philosopher - not a metaphysician, epistemologist, or political philosopher. Yet, he was a bit of all these. Read morePublished on May 11, 2008 by cvairag