A snippet of my philosophy homework on Jean-Paul Sartre
The Two states of being:
- Being-in-itself (être-en-soi): Non-conscious Being. Possessive of defining characteristics. Complete the way they are. Like how if a water molecule lost an oxygen atom it would no longer be a water molecule.
- Being-for-itself(être-pour-soi): The nihilation of Being-in-itself; consciousness conceived as a lack of Being, a desire for Being, a relation of Being. Possessive of no defining characteristics and capable of constant change. The For-itself brings Nothingness into the world and therefore can stand out from Being and form attitudes towards other beings by seeing what it is not. Like how if I lost my arm I’d still be the same person, just without an arm.