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By Joe Block 

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July 19, 2018



Teething and Nothingness

It’s not an exaggeration to say Jean-Paul Sartre’s description of The Gaze in his seminal work “Being and Nothingness” revolutionized not only philosophy, but the way we view ourselves and others. It is even more important today with the rise of things as varied as Instagram and feminism.

The Gaze is very simple: the existence of others makes us an object. We become aware of others looking at us, and we view and understand ourselves as a thing for them. We also, in understanding others, make them into an object. It is not just ourselves and others as a body...



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