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where I am in life took both tough and easy decisions to make. Through it all,
I’ve had a good support system helping guide the way. When advice was needed, I’ve
always had someone to turn to, yet according to Jean Paul Sartre, I shouldn’t
have received any advice at all. Sartre believes that all my decisions should
come from me and only me, and only by doing it this way, will I have made the
right decision. Even though our decisions would be considered authentic,
because we made them with no influence, man should still ask for help.

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 If we are supposed to make our own decisions,
at what point in our lives are we supposed to start making these decisions.
Obviously, decisions must be made for children and until they develop a drive,
focus, and realization of the direction they want to take their life.  This usually occurs around the age of 13,
when a child begins to rebel and decides to make decisions for themselves. The
problem with this is that these decisions are usually bad decisions and in the
end the parent is cleaning up a created mess. Sartre believes that man would
learn from his mistakes and would possibly would not do whatever he did again,
but what if that same man was given advice? Then, there is a chance that he
would not have made a mistake in the first place.  Sartre does not point out that accepting advice
would be wrong to do, he just makes it clear that doing so would make your
choice not authentic.

has different points of views on bad faith, but they are all centered on
choice. Sartre uses the example of a woman at a café with a man who holds her
hand. Sartre believes that because she does not pull her hand away, she gives
the man the impression that he should continue his advances, even though she
does not want him to. Sartre is right that the woman is showing bad faith by
not moving her hand, but Sartre’s view lacks a subtle nature. According to Self-Deception in the Classroom: Educational
Manifestations of Sartre’s Concept of Bad Faith by Sean Blenkinsop and Tim
Waddington, “We are infinitely subtle in the way we can protect ourselves from
painful truths, acting out manifestations of bad faith that others, in their
more objective detachment, can more often than not detect better than we
ourselves” (1520-1). I felt this quote meant the woman could pull her hand
away, but depending on how the gentleman perceives the way it was done, it
could upset him, possibly damaging his ego. I believe it would be ok if the
woman left her hand in the gentleman’s hand, and subtly informed her gentleman
caller, at a later time, that she is not interested in him romantically. This
could lead to a friendship or even the same gentleman introducing her to
someone else that might be more her type.

might be misinterpreting Sartre views on what he considered Bad Faith to be, but
as Leslie Stevenson, author of Sartre on
Bad Faith, put it, “We may blame Sartre for leaving things in such
obscurity as to encourage such confusion to arise, but now that he is dead and
cannot do anything to remedy the situation, we can only approach his text as we
would that of any other great, dead philosopher, with an initial presumption
that there is a consistent and at least prima facie plausible position which
sympathetic hermeneutics can reveal” (253).


            Plato, an essentialist, believes
that your essence is given to you by god before you are even born. An essence,
in relation to human beings, is their purpose for being alive. Sartre, an
existentialist, believes that you are not born with an essence and believes
that we are born without a purpose. Sartre believes that we first exist and
then choose what our essence will be. There isn’t a right or wrong when it
comes to Sartre and Plato, it just comes down to what a person believes in. If
you believe in fate and that you are walking down a path, because it was
pre-determined by god and laid out for you, then you would see Plato’s point of
view as being correct. If you work, and go from job to job seeking that career
that will truly make you happy or once you are in a situation, and you don’t
like it anymore, if you did what was necessary to change things, you’d see
Sartre’s point of view as more accurate. Where Plato and Sartre differ in
points of views, Sartre has more in common with Kant.

taught based on the categorical imperatives; the most notable of the three
being, “act only according to that maxim which you can at the same time will
that it should become a universal law without contradiction”. Like Sartre, Kant
believes that man should do what he believes he should do and even if there are
consequences to his actions; what he did would still be considered good. Just
the same, Sartre believes that if man makes a decision with authenticity, then
he made the right decision. An authentic decision would be one made by man
based on his values and not influenced by the opinions of others. Even though
both arguments are similar, Kant’s differed from Sartre’s due to his argument
being based on morality. Both Kant and Sartre say that man should make a
decision, but for Kant, man’s decision must be made from a sense of morality
and should be a decision that he feels all men would follow, without contradiction.

Plato, the Buddha and Sartre do not share the same views. Per Sartre, The
Buddha started out his life living in bad faith, by having everything in his
life handed to him and thought out for him. From where he could go, to whom he
decided to marry, the Buddha’s life was under lock and key by his parents. The
Buddha began sneaking out and learning about the world. After seeing that there
was much hidden from him, the Buddha then left home and began to live an
authentic life; authentic because it was a decision he reached on his own.
After finding spiritual enlightenment, the Buddha then began to teach other’s
his way, referred to as the four noble truths and the eightfold path.