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Hayden Carruth wonders  if there are unrecognized layers of irony and humor beneath the seriousness of Nausea: "Sartre, for all his anguished disgust, can play the clown as well, and has done so often enough: a sort of fool at the metaphysical court. Sartre described  the stream of consciousness technique as one method of moving the novel from the era of Newtonian physics forward into the era of Einstein 's theory of general relativity , in terms of writing style.
He saw this as crucial because he felt that "narrative technique ultimately takes us back to the metaphysics of the novelist. From the psychological point of view, Antoine Roquentin could be seen  as an individual suffering from depression , and the Nausea itself as one of the symptoms of his condition.
Unemployed, living in deprived conditions, lacking human contact, being trapped in fantasies about the 18th century secret agent he is writing a book about, he establishes Sartre's oeuvre as a follow-up to Dostoevsky 's Crime and Punishment , or Rilke 's The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge in search of a precise description of schizophrenia.
However, Roquentin's predicament is not simply depression or mental illness , although his experience has pushed him to that point. Sartre presents Roquentin's difficulties as arising from man's inherent existential condition.
His seemingly special situation returning from travel, reclusiveness , which goes beyond the mere indication of his very real depression, is supposed to induce in him and in the reader a state that makes one more receptive to noticing an existential situation that everyone experiences, but may not be sensitive enough to let become consciously noticeable.
Roquentin undergoes a strange metaphysical experience that estranges him from the world. His problems are not merely a result of personal insanity, which would be deprived of larger significance. Rather, like the characters in the Dostoevsky and Rilke novels, he is a victim of larger ideological, social, and existential forces that have brought him to the brink of insanity.
Sartre's point in Nausea is to comment on our universal reaction to these common external predicaments. It is scarcely possible to read seriously in contemporary literature, philosophy, or psychology without encountering references to Roquentin's confrontation with the chestnut tree, for example, which is one of the sharpest pictures ever drawn of self-doubt and metaphysical anguish.
Transcendence and providence were invented by man. Every being is meaningless "in itself". There is no God. But the experience through nausea ends up taking a positive turn: if God doesn't exist, then everything becomes possible. And that's how, with despair, true optimism begins. At the time of the novel's release, Camus was a reviewer for an Algiers left-wing daily. Camus told a friend that he "thought a lot about the book" and it was "a very close part of [himself].
Mattey , a philosopher rather than a novelist like Camus, flatly describes  Nausea and others of Sartre's literary works as "practically philosophical treatises in literary form. He writes that Nausea "may well be Sartre's best book for the very reason that in it the intellectual and the creative artist come closest to being conjoined.
He writes firmly  that Sartre, "is not content, like some philosophers, to write fable, allegory, or a philosophical tale in the manner of Candide ; he is content only with a proper work of art that is at the same time a synthesis of philosophical specifications. The humanity of man consists in the For-itself , the masculine component by which we choose, make projects, and generally commit ourselves to a life of action.
The element of masculine protest, to use Adler 's term, is strong throughout Sartre's writings Mattey elaborates further  on the positive, redeeming aspect of the seemingly bleak, frustrating themes of existentialism that are so apparent in Nausea: "Sartre considered the subjectivity of the starting-point for what a human is as a key thesis of existentialism.
The starting-point is subjective because humans make themselves what they are.
Most philosophers consider subjectivity to be a bad thing, particularly when it comes to the motivation for action Sartre responds by claiming that subjectivity is a dignity of human being, not something that degrades us.
The basis of ethics is not rule-following. A specific action may be either wrong or right and no specific rule is necessarily valid. What makes the action, either way, ethical is "authenticity," the willingness of the individual to accept responsibility rather than dependence on rules, and to commit to his action. Despair, the existentialist says, is the product of uncertainty: being oriented exclusively to the outcome of a decision rather than to the process yields uncertainty, as we cannot decide the future, only our action.
In his "Introduction" to the American edition of Nausea,  the poet and critic Hayden Carruth feels that, even outside those modern writers who are explicitly philosophers in the existentialist tradition, a similar vein of thought is implicit but prominent in a main line through Franz Kafka , Miguel de Unamuno , D. Carruth says: Suffering is the origin of consciousness,' Dostoevsky wrote.
But suffering is everywhere in the presence of thought and sensitivity. Sartre for his part has written, and with equal simplicity: 'Life begins on the other side of despair. Sartre declared,  in a lecture given in Paris on 29 October later published under the title L'existentialisme est un humanisme : What is meant It means that, first of all, man exists, turns up, appears on the scene, and only afterwards defines himself.
If man, as the existentialist conceives of him, is undefinable, it is only because he is nothing. Only afterwards will he be something, and he will have made what he will be.
If things—and also people—are contingent,  if they "just are," then we are free and we create ourselves solely through our decisions and choices. David Drake mentions  that, in Nausea, Sartre gives several kinds of examples of people whose behavior shows bad faith , who are inauthentic: members of the bourgeoisie who believe their social standing or social skills give them a "right" to exist, or others who embrace the banality of life and attempt to flee from freedom by repeating empty gestures, others who live by perpetuating past versions of themselves as they were or who live for the expectations of others, or those who claim to have found meaning in politics , morality , or ideology.
In simply narrative terms, Roquentin's nausea arises  from his near-complete detachment from other people, his not needing much interaction with them for daily necessities: "The fact of his alienation from others is important; as his own work ceases to entertain and to occupy him, Roquentin has nothing that could distract him from the business of existing in its simplest forms.
To be free is to be thrown into existence with no "human nature" as an essence to define you, and no definition of the reality into which you are thrown, either. To accept this freedom is to live "authentically"; but most of us run from authenticity. In the most ordinary affairs of daily life, we face the challenge of authentic choice, and the temptation of comfortable inauthenticity.
All of Roquentin's experiences are related to these themes from Sartre's philosophy. Finally, for Sartre, political commitment became explicitly Marxist.
In it he recast his prewar works, such as Nausea into politically committed works appropriate to the postwar era. Marxism was not, in any case, always as appreciative of Sartre as he was of it.
Mattey describes  their objections: Marxism was a very potent political and philosophical force in France after its liberation from the Nazi occupation. Marxist thinkers tend to be very ideological and to condemn in no uncertain terms what they regard to be rival positions. They found existentialism to run counter to their emphasis on the solidarity of human beings and their theory of material economic determinism. The subjectivity that is the starting point of existentialism seemed to the Marxists to be foreign to the objective character of economic conditions and to the goal of uniting the working classes in order to overthrow the bourgeoise capitalists.
If one begins with the reality of the "I think," one loses sight of what really defines the human being according to the Marxists , which is their place in the economic system.
Existentialism's emphasis on individual choice leads to contemplation, rather than to action. Only the bourgeoise have the luxury to make themselves what they are through their choices, so existentialism is a bourgeoise philosophy. Sartre's philosophy[ edit ] From Husserl to Heidegger[ edit ] Sartre was influenced   at the time by the philosophy of Edmund Husserl and his phenomenological method.
Consciousness is not related to the world by virtue of a set of mental representations and acts of mental synthesis that combine such representations to provide us with our knowledge of the external world.
Husserl's intentional theory of consciousness provides the only acceptable alternative: 'Consciousness and the world are immediately given together: the world, essentially external to consciousness, is essentially related to it. Our consciousness of an object does not inhere in the object itself. Nevertheless, this is my attempt. Nausea is written in the form of a diary of a fictional writer Antoine Roquentin. To read it, one does not have to be familiar with the writer or any of the characters.
I picked this book with little idea of who Sartre is and I can say I enjoyed this book thoroughly by attempting this blunt manner. It begins as Roquentin begins his diary to record things. On the brink of his thirtieth birthday, Rouqentin is undertaking a scholarly project in a small town of Bouville based on Le Havre and has settled on writing a biography of Marquis de Rollebon, a figure in the French Revolution.
In the narrative, a reader can observe that Roquentin leads an isolated life, spending much of his days working through papers in local library and his evenings in cafes and restaurants.
In this isolation, he find has little contact with other humans as he occasionally makes love to a cafe owner that too without any emotion and sometimes gets involved in small conversations with another library user.
In this isolation, as Roquentin calls it, suffers from Nausea. He describes it as a sense of meaninglessness in existence with other individual bodies.