Sunday, 29 July 2012

Sartre: War Diaries. Thinkingly Involved.


"He is like Stendhal, who wrote that all his life reality had escaped him because for him to see was to think and reality inescapably an idea."

In this sentence, and elsewhere in the review, we find the canard that thought 'detaches' you from the world. The writer or philospher is sequestered in a world of mere ideas.  Au Contraire:


We talk about people being ‘unthinkingly involved’ in the world, by which we mean that routine, custom, habit, have made the world invisible. It is thinking which disrupts habit and custom and makes the world newly and strangely available. In this sense, thought draws you closer to the world, albeit in a different way. Things become problematic, objects of curiosity, vivid and niggling, alive and present. We become thinkingly involved in the world.

And in Sartre the everyday world, the quotidian, is repeatedly the cue for and the object of thinking – thinking only operates through worldy concern. He is, surely, one of the philosophers who brought thinking out of the academy and into the street.

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