|Sartre's Thoughts On Freedom
Sartre proposes an interesting view
on free will when he says, "either man is wholly determined (which is inadmissible,
especially because a determined consciousness-IE, a consciousness externally
motivated-becomes pure exteriority and ceases to be consciousness) or else man is wholly
free." This shows us that Sartre believes that man is free to do what he wants.
Again, after telling us that man is
wholly free, he tells us that since we are free we are responsible for our actions."
The essential consequence of our earlier remarks is that man being condemned to be free
carries the weight of the whole world on his shoulders; he is responsible for the world
and for himself as a way of being." He says that even if one does not want to be
responsible, he cannot be without the responsible for his actions, "For I am
responsible for my very desire of fleeing responsibilities. To make myself passive in the
world, to refuse to act upon things and upon Others is still to choose myself, and suicide
is one mode among others of being-in-the-world."