Sartre's humanism and the problem of political corruption: An appraisal

  • TE Ogar


One of the major problems that have confronted man right from the time of creation for those who believe in the theory of creation and others who do not, is that of trying to secure the right kind of relationship that should exist between the individual and the community. This has been so because the individual is believed to have autonomy and freedom; while it is equally taken that there are some societal values which must be protected by all. This rivalry between individual selfinterest and that of the community has sometimes resulted in tensions, conflicts and other negative consequences. There is no doubt that the individual person has freedom, but this autonomy or freedom and self-interest has limitations. One of the consequences that may result due to the individual's quest to always pursue selfinterest is political corruption. Political corruption can be described as the misuse of power for self or private advantage. Such benefits may or may not be monetary, but may include special treatment, commendation or the favour of man. When political corruption operates in a society unhindered, it may eventually spell doom and destruction to such. This paper therefore addresses the problem of political corruption, with a view to having a better understanding of this scourge and to seek appropriate management strategies. Sartre's humanism, as presented in his works, if highlighted and applied, with other management strategies would be effective as an approach to the solution of political corruption. This is because commitment to action and fundamental sense of brotherhood which Sartre encouraged are vital to any meaningful solution to a problem like this.

Sophia: An African Journal of Philosophy Vol. 8(1) 2005:85-92




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