Sartre's Letter On Humanism

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In 2004 the magazine La Intemperie published an interview and at the same time a testimony of Héctor Jouvé, a former Argentinian guerrilla member of the Ejército Guerrillero del Pueblo (EGP), an armed organization co-founded by Ernesto “Che” Guevara which operated in northern Argentina during 1963 and 1964. The group, despite being personally (but remotely) advised by Guevara, never performed any operation and was quickly dismantled by the regional police. However, during its brief operations several of the organization members died, at least two of them executed by the members of their own group. In his testimony, Jouvé narrates both executions and the reasons why, according to him, they occurred. The first one:
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For Heidegger, human essence is not human being but Being, and so far philosophy has blocked the question about Being. In this sense, he interrogates the use of the word humanism by Sartre and other philosophers, for they have not been true to the essence of Being; and curiously enough, instead of abandoning the term he asks whether it should be preserved and even appropriates it for moments, claiming for “a ‘humanism’ that contradicts all previous humanism –although in no way advocates the inhuman…” (“Letter on ‘Humanism’ 263). Here, although he expresses his reluctance in using the term, Heidegger seems more worried about defining it correctly than about abandoning it. He claims that the metaphysical register under which humanism operates “thinks of the human being on the basis of animalitas and does not think in the direction of his humanitas.” (“Letter on ‘Humanism’ 246-7). It is clear that Heidegger believes that, paradoxically, despite exalting the human being, humanism does not pose the human high enough. He seems to be more humanist than

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