Volume 5, Issue Part 1, 2010
Selected Essays from North America Part 1
Freedom, Fatalism, and the Other in Being and Nothingness and The Imaginary
“Hell is other people,” but the absence of the Other, rather than being paradise, would be its own kind of hell: the fatalism of dreams, in which a possibility is no sooner conceived than it is realized. Freedom of action requires a resisting world and a temporal gap between intention and outcome, which requires that things be other than they are for consciousness, which requires the presence of the Other.