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In his essay entitled My teacher Gilles Deleuze characterises the "central obsession" of Sartre as being "lakes of non-being and the viscosity of matter".

Is this a fair characterisation of Sartre's work ?

  • Without being familiar with Sartres work, but after trying to read nausea, I think I would. – Mozibur Ullah Sep 25 '12 at 22:32
  • for what reason? – Dr Sister Sep 26 '12 at 0:25
  • Wouldn't you feel nauseaus if surrounded by 'lakes of non-being and the vicosity of matter'. The viscosity of matter refers to his human beings too. One doesn't get the feeling of warmth from his book Nausea. Perhaps he's describing it as it is. Perhaps he's describing it through his central obsession. – Mozibur Ullah Sep 26 '12 at 1:03
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    i think Sartre would say people are surrounded by objects and events that possess being to a greater extent than the foundation of subjectivity, it is people for Sartre who are the lakes of non being, being influenced by Heidegger Sartre finds the being of objects as something that in a way resists itself - (wikipedia definition "Viscosity is a measure of the resistance of a fluid which is being deformed by either shear stress or tensile stress.") .. i think the phrase is beautifully apt .. – Dr Sister Sep 27 '12 at 4:17
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    @MoziburUllah, You can't even begin to assess Sartre's philosophical works on the basis of his fiction, and especially not on the basis of an unstudied reader's initial apprehension of his fiction. This is especially true when your comments make it clear that you completely missed the point. – smartcaveman Oct 10 '12 at 5:46

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