n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - A critique of Sartre's notion of being and nothingness from the perspective of Ibuanyidanda philosophy

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2276-8386
  • E-ISSN: 2408-5987



This work, , is an analysis and evaluation of Sartre's ontology using philosophy. The work holds that any bifurcative and polarizing concept of being is problematic. In critically examining Sartre's idea of being the work discovers that it is bifurcating and polarizing in nature. It reveals that Sartre whose original intention was to overcome the bifurcating and polarizing notion of being that was predominant in Western philosophy in turn fell into the same problem as he notes that being is of two kinds namely, being-in-itself and being-for-itself. He afterwards focused all of his philosophizing on being-for-itself (Human being), which he terms as conscious being and is believed by him to be the source of nothingness. And through this nothingness, being-for-itself negates the existence of other beings. After a critical study of Asouzu's ontology as based on the concept of , undergirded by the principle that "anything that exists serves as missing link of reality" we discover that Asouzu's idea is antithetical to Sartre's. Asouzu's ontology posits mutual complementary relationship among all fragments of realities rather than segmentation.

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