Enlightenment and Salvation in Yoga and Sartre’s Nausea
One must be careful when comparing ideas from vastly different philosophical traditions. Otherwise, bias may appear in unlikely places. In this paper, I address my concerns about the likening of yogic enlightenment to the revelatory experiences and hopes for salvation in Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel Nausea. I will argue that attributing to the unlikely hero of the novel, Antoine Roquentin, a state of enlightenment comparable to yogic transformation is a sleight against Sartre’s peculiar treatment of contingency, freedom, and redemption. Furthermore, drawing parallels between yogic salvation and Antoine’s hope to be saved that comprises the denouement of the novel is ill-conceived, as I will show.
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