The Tetley

Leeds Salon Talks – Condemned to be Free: Sartre’s Existentialism

Saturday 17 November 2018, 3pm, £5

The Leeds Salon hosts its 2018 series of talks hosted at The Tetley. This is the second of three Leeds Salon ‘Tetley Talks’ on the theme of ‘Freedom and the Individual’.

In this talk, journalist and writer Tim Black looks at Jean-Paul Sartre’s philosophy of existential freedom, followed by audience Q&A and discussion. Jean-Paul Sartre is one of the key figures in existentialist philosophy – best known as a philosophy of freedom. For Sartre, freedom was the foundation and purpose of life. He saw freedom as limitless and rejected any determined human action. As such, Sartre made us entirely responsible for our actions. Essentially, he argued, “we are left alone, without excuse”, we are “condemned to be free”. But is it true there are no unfree acts? Can we really transcend the facts of our existence to take full control over who we are and what we do? If we are “condemned to be free” what choice is that? And is there anything to take from is Sartre’s existential freedom today? For full details, see the Leeds Salon website:

Admission: £5 waged / £4 unwaged (cash only) to pay on the day.
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