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The notion of unrealizable in Sartre: a journey between aesthetics and ontology

Grant number: 23/11743-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2024
Effective date (End): January 31, 2026
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - Metaphysics
Principal Investigator:Alexandre de Oliveira Torres Carrasco
Grantee:Vinicius Xavier Hoste
Host Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil


The aim of this postdoctoral research is to investigate the notion of the unrealizable in Sartre, highlighting, firstly, its appearance in an aesthetic sense, in the War Diaries, and then, to then underline its ontological development, in Being and Nothingness. In such a way, initially we will analyze the "discovery" of the unrealizable during the second war by the French author, showing that it is, at this moment, an expectation of experiencing in life a feeling of beauty originally linked to art. Based on this presentation, we will try to show how the notion of the unrealizable gains a central role in the description of the immediate structures of the for-itself, in Being and Nothingness, so that, more than an expectation of individuals, the unrealizable appears then as something that cannot be avoided, since it is ingrained in human reality. Finally, we will try to reflect on the possible solutions to the problem of the unrealizable, which will lead us again to a reflection on art and beauty. (AU)

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