Philosophy - Sartre

What does it mean to be free? Is freedom possible? What are is joy and anguish associated with freedom? A fascinating video details Jean-Paul Sartre's key ideas and insights about freedom.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video to launch a study of existentialism or as part of a unit that includes a core text like The Stranger, The Trial, or Waiting for Godot, and/or Sartre's short story "The Wall"
  • Pause the video frequently to permit viewers to ask questions and clarify understanding
Classroom Considerations
  • Due to a brief sexual reference and an explicit image, review the video before deciding to show it in your classroom
  • Show the video in full-screen mode to avoid the comment section, which is open for public sharing of ideas and reactions
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Provides background information about Sartre's life and his key ideas and perspectives
  • The video provides few examples that elucidate his key ideas


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