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The Core Curriculum

Sartre on Intellectualism, from the documentary Sartre by Himself, 1976.

In this clip Sartre reflects on the “classic intellectual” who considers himself or herself a particular individual given the right to critique the status quo by making reference to universal truths or conditions.  This paradigm, Sartre suggests, is the embodiment of Hegel’s notion of “unhappy consciousness” and under attack by the student movement of 1968.