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It argues that existentialism is a development of Freudian psychoanalysis, designed to preserve Freud’s insights into behaviour by providing a more explanatory theory of the structure of motivation.
More specifically, it argues that Sartre’s critique of Freud and development of his own theory of mind constitutes an important break with the Cartesian dualism that shapes Freud’s theory of mind, but Sartre retains a part of this Cartesian heritage that Beauvoir’s theory then eliminates.
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