In his last interview*, the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre spoke about the human condition. Some may be surprised by the references to ‘hope’ that follow, since Sartre is generally classed with those thinkers who view despair as more characteristic of life than hope. But in the interview, Sartre explained that his interest in despair was more a case of writing according to the intellectual fashion of the time, and that he himself never experienced this particular frame of mind.
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This article is from the Autumn 2019 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.