Sartre on: Bad Faith

According to existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, individuals engage in bad faith, and they lie to themselves in order to spare themselves from short term pain. A short film explores the problem of mauvaise foi (bad faith), introduced in Sartre's In Being and Nothingness. The video also examines his idea of negative ecstas (Negative Ecstasy), and the concept that being precedes essence. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Include the video in a study of Sartre, of existentialism, and/or of philosophers
Classroom Considerations

  • The esoteric explanations are most appropriate for a philosophy course
  • Show the video in full-screen mode to avoid the comments section, which is public and includes a wide range of opinions

  • The philosophical concepts are explained in simple and concise terms

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