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Sartre and the Rationalization of Human Sexuality ABSTRACT: Sartre rationalizes sexuality similar to Plato. Rationalization here refers to how Sartre tries to facilitate explanation by altering the terms of the conversation from sexual to nonsexual concepts. As a doctrine which, above all, highlights those features of human existence which appear most resistant to explanation, an individual would expect existentialism to highlight sexuality as a category that's crucial for considering human existence. Descartes comes immediately to mind when one concentrates on Sartre's leading categories. In Sartre's situation however, it's not matter and mind but consciousness and its opposite: "nothingness" and "being." This irreducible dualism is the key to the trouble human beings have with presence. People attempt to manage the tensions implied by this dualism by trying to pretend people aren't subjects but objects. Sartre calls for this "bad faith." He begins by attempting to take human sexuality seriously as a basic group, but ends by abandoning the effort in favour of different replacements. Comparable to Plato in his rationalization of sexuality is Jean-Paul Sartre. Sartre is most likely the conclusion of existentialist philosophy in two senses: in the very first place in the sense of extending existentialist assumptions as much as they may be obtained, and in the next place in the sense of serving as the canonical instance of existentialist thought. Since existentialism is the philosophy above all other philosophies which takes seriously the concrete existence of a human in all of its facticity, anxiety, temporality, and fleshliness, and will place this existence before all decisions about essence, it would seem that above all others we can expect from Sartre a philosop...