Joel Smith/ Kristina Musholt

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Tuesday 28 May 2013, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Joel Smith, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Manchester

Chair: Kristina Musholt, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Deputy Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Sartre’s The Transcendence of the Ego, first published in 1937, is a work whose brevity belies its fertility and influence. Ostensibly a critique of Husserl, in fact it sketches out a series of claims that not only set the agenda for much of Sartre’s master work, Being and Nothingness, but continue to provoke contemporary debate. Joel Smith discussed Sartre’s remarks on the unity, transparency and ‘impersonal’ nature of conscious experience in both historical and contemporary contexts.