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spirit of seriousness


Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


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M odern E uropean philosophy Sartre 's term for the belief that there is something intrinsically good in itself, which is inherent in the world as absolute value and is discoverable by men. Such a belief leads to bad faith . According to Sartre, people fall into the spirit of seriousness because they forget that values are contingent and are chosen and assigned by our own subjectivity . “The spirit of seriousness has two characteristics: it considers values as transcendent givens independent of human subjectivity, and it transfers the quality of ‘desirable’ from the ontological structure of things to their simple material constitution.” Sartre, Being and Nothingness ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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