Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Thomas Anderson

Second Advisor

Keith Algozin

Third Advisor

Mary F. Rousseau

Fourth Advisor

Andrew Tallon

Fifth Advisor

Walter Stohrer


Jean-Paul Sartre is famous for an analysis of human freedom which makes human beings thoroughly responsible for the condition of the social/historical world. This analysis of human freedom, first presented in Being and Nothingness, is used as the basis for the Critique of Dialectical Reason's understanding of the dialectic of history.

It is often claimed that the ontology on which Sartre's understanding of freedom is based vitiates any attempt to describe conflict-free human relations. Indeed, Sartre does state in Being and Nothingness that the free self is alienated in the presence of others and that human relations are relations of conflict. Yet in the Critique of Dialectical Reason, Sartre appears to deny this view of human relations. This dissertation will compare and contrast Sartre's theory of human relations in his two major philosophical works.



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