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Daniel Rueda Garrido

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  • English

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352 pages (xiv+338)


Paperback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.96" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 29 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.13" x 9.21")


Paperback1474g (51.99oz)
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  • HP
  • PDX
  • HPJ
  • HPCF3


  • PHI018000
  • PHI006000
  • SCI075000
  • SOC026040


  • B2430.S34


  • life
  • subjectivity
  • Sartre
  • philosophy
  • ontology
  • phenomenology
  • forms of life
  • identity
  • power
  • conversion
  • intersubjectivity
  • freedom
  • facticity
  • imitation
  • reproduction
  • capitalism
  • art
  • cultural studies
  • psychology
  • anthropology
  • social sciences

Forms of Life and Subjectivity

Rethinking Sartre’s Philosophy

'Forms of Life and Subjectivity: Rethinking Sartre’s Philosophy' explores the fundamental question of why we act as we do. Informed by an ontological and phenomenological approach, and building mainly, but not exclusively, on the thought of Sartre, Daniel Rueda Garrido considers the concept of a "form of life” as a term that bridges the gap between subjective identity and communities.

This first systematic ontology of "forms of life” seeks to understand why we act in certain ways, and why we cling to certain identities, such as nationalisms, social movements, cultural minorities, racism, or religion. The answer, as Rueda Garrido argues, depends on an understanding of ourselves as "forms of life” that remains sensitive to the relationship between ontology and power, between what we want to be and what we ought to be.

Structured in seven chapters, Rueda Garrido’s investigation yields illuminating and timely discussions of conversion, the constitution of subjectivity as an intersubjective self, the distinction between imitation and reproduction, the relationship between freedom and facticity, and the dialectical process by which two particular ways of being and acting enter into a situation of assimilation-resistance, as exemplified by capitalist and artistic forms of life.

This ambitious and original work will be of great interest to scholars and students of philosophy, social sciences, cultural studies, psychology and anthropology. Its wide-ranging reflection on the human being and society will also appeal to the general reader of philosophy.


Once clarified with respect to its nature, structure, and reach, it [the form of life] becomes a powerful tool of analysis. Moreover, it seems to me that the form of life has met the challenge Garrido posed at the beginning, that is, to reconcile between freedom and facticity, between the individual and the social context [...] To my knowledge, few in our generation have revived Sartre’s thought to such an extent that it is again unavoidable. Equally impressive is Garrido’s diagnosis of capitalism, full of insights which are valid even outside of this book’s context [...] He carries further Jean-Paul Sartre’s reflections on freedom, agency, and the social situation, so that the (typically Sartrean) dichotomies between freedom and facticity and between the individual and the society are bridged with the notion of the form of life. The result is a powerful and illuminating account of how a human agent acts in accordance with a shared form of life with which he or she has freely identified. The structural analysis contributes, not only to our understanding of human action, but also to a critical reflection of “hegemonic” forms of life such as capitalism.

Renxiang Liu

Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, vol. 53, no. 2, 2022.

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