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When Sartre went to Berlin and came back without a self

Levinas' attempt to re orientate philosophical inquiry was for many years in the philosophical wilderness  Levinas notion was to redraw the distinction between subjectivity and objectivity and this might cast some new light on ethics. 

But this was the motive that eventually impelled Jean Paul Sartre to go off to Berlin in 1933, and bring back the exciting news to France. Phenomenology had destroyed the ttraditional primacy of inward experience, according to Sartre in The Transcendence of the Ego: feelings and memories, even consciousness itself, could never again be treated as if they were items of secret private property. 

There was no such thing as a vie intérieure, and the notion of real substantial selfhood – an inner spirit or soul or personality – was nothing but a bourgeois confidence trick.

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