If existentialism according to Sartre hold everyone responsible. Why Sartre said "men are condemned to be free"?

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    What is the relation between the title and the post? And generally, we discourage one liners as they do not provide enough to go on for meaningful answers.
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    Mar 15, 2020 at 19:32
  • He said men are condemned to be free, because with freedom comes responsibility, particularly the responsibility of self-determination and the choice to become the Authentic Self. Thus, the individual cannot hide behind folkways and mores and must take responsibility for all choices in an ever broader process of accepting more responsibility for the Self.
    – J D
    Mar 16, 2020 at 13:23

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Sartre (late in life interview with Benny Levy), Alasdair MacIntyre and György Lukacs were all concerned with developing an ethics towards the end of their career. MacIntyre is still alive, I think.

I guess you could say the problem of ethics became acute because of Stalin. [and the later Kchruchev speech to disgrace the Stalin legacy]. But Sartre as far as I remember would not join the French Communist Party. This Party was extremely doctrinaire and would not even approve the 68 revolution because it was not pure enough.

What is important and the book you need to find is an earlier book by a Frenchman, Francis Jeanson, “Sartre and the Problem of Morality” , which had to answer the the question left from Being and Nothingness and Sartre’s speech at Club Maintenant, Existentialism is a Humanism. This goes to the title of your question.

The book by Jeanson Here: https://www.amazon.com/Problem-Morality-Phenomenology-Existential-Philosophy/dp/0253166039this

Where is the right and wrong here? The good and bad? Marx himself thought there was a good and bad. He had that figured out at 16yo.

There is a member here from Russia who is a Sartre expert so he can give a much better answer than I can, if he sees your question.

Francis Jeanson was a real person. However, I have often wondered if Sartre ghost wrote the book. I’m probably wrong.

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