Sartre's Existentialism and Aesthetics: Art for the Sake of Existential and Social Projects
Sartre’s theory of existential aesthetics implies that the production of art for the sake of social change is a superior project to the production of art for art’s sake. Sartre argues that literature is the prime form of art since it is more capable of revealing a situation to the audience than are other forms of art. I argue that other forms of art, such as painting, composing music, and writing poetry, are equally capable of revealing situations to the audience. I also argue that "art for art’s sake" is capable of contributing to an individual’s existential project.
Sartre, existentialism, existential aesthetics, art, freedom, writing, Dirty Hands (play), Honors College
Guerra, E. A. (2015). Sartre's existentialism and aesthetics: Art for the sake of existential and social projects (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.