I want to propose a philosophical reading of saintliness and mysticism by focus- ing on a somewhat unexpected source. The source is Saint Genet, comédien et martyr (Saint Genet: Actor and Martyr, 1952) written by the French existential- ist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980).2 Saint Genet is a study on the French writer Jean Genet (1910-1986), who was a homosexual, pornographer and small-time thief, and who became the cuddle-criminal of the existentialist generation in post-war Paris. After having presented some context, I will first focus on the role of martyr- dom and rejection in Saint Genet. Second, I will focus on the dialectics of saintliness. Third, I will show that mysticism in Saint Genet must be understood in line with Sartre’s analysis of consciousness in Being and Nothingness and, fourth, I will elaborate on Sartre’s doctrine of sex as incarnation.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Studies in Spirituality|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2021|
- jean genet
- Jean-Paul Sartre