To the Nothingnesses Themselves: Husserl's Influence on Sartre's Notion of Nothingness

Simon Gusman
2017 Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology  
In this article I argue that Sartre's notions of nothingness and "negatity" are not, as he presents it, primarily reactions to Hegel and Heidegger. Instead, they are a reaction to an ongoing struggle with Husserl's notion of intentionality and related notions. I do this by comparing the criticism aimed at Husserl in Sartre's Being and Nothingness to that presented in his earlier work, The Imagination, where he discusses Husserl more elaborately. Furthermore, I compare his criticism to Husserl's
more » ... ticism to Husserl's own criticism of the "doctrine of immanent objects", in order to show that Sartre's notion of nothingness is a continuation of Husserl's criticism, and that he turns Husserl's own arguments against himself.
doi:10.1080/00071773.2017.1387687 fatcat:aus7m3cvgnhynfkp4wphmqv4ma