In Sartre’s usage, “despair” (désespoir or literally dis-hope in French) does not carry the connotations of darkness and resignation that it generally carries. Rather, Sartre literally means that people should not hope for miracles they cannot reasonably predict: “I must confine myself to what I can see.” He views the universe as probabilistic and, therefore, he considers human predictive ability to be inherently limited, but he suggests that hope is actually detrimental to action rather than action-enabling because it leads people to wait for invisible others to act in their place.
Despair Quotes in Existentialism Is a Humanism
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