Sartre’s Bad Faith and Zizek’s Big Other

Sartre’s phenomenology of Bad Faith or inauthenticity corresponds to Zizek’s account of our phony performance for the Big Other, a performance which is paradoxically the “virtual” substance, the glue of social order (thus the internalized social super-ego pressure to sustain it). Sartre calls inauthentic those social acts which we do with an implicit appeal to (or ‘bad faith’ in) a transcendent witness (social ideal, Party, Cause, God, etc) in excess or addition to the real other(s) immediately present to us.

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