It argues that Merleau-Ponty’s critique of Sartre’s theory of freedom fails. Merleau-Ponty has succeeded in showing that one of Sartre’s claims about freedom is untenable, but has not shown that this requires the rejection of the entire theory rather than just of that one claim.
In arguing for this, the chapter clarifies Sartre’s theory of freedom in Being and Nothingness and argues that Beauvoir’s defence of Sartre’s theory a decade later indicates that Sartre’s theory had developed over that time.
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