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Being and Nothingness Revisited

A Tract Book Essay


Anthony J. Fejfar

© Copyright 2006 by Anthony J. Fejfar

Jean Paul Sartre published a book, quite some time ago entitled,

“Being and Nothingness.” I would like to explore the same concepts here,

but in a different way.

Bernard Lonergan defines Being as an “Unrestricted Act of

Understanding.” Put in Platonic terms, Being is Form of Form. Ken

Wilber argues, essentially that Being is the “Thatness,” or “Suchness” which

is the basis for reality. Being is the Godhead.

Wilber goes on to argue that Being is nothing. I think that this point is

a bit misleading. Being is not nothing in the sense of non-existence, instead

being is “no-thing.” Being is characterized by “no-thingness.” Being,

while the source of the real, and of reality itself, is not a thing. Things only

exist within the context a space-time causality. Being is beyond space-time

causality. As an Unrestricted Act of Understanding, Being is the Unmoved

Mover that Holds all of reality in existence.