Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

What did SATRE mean when he said "HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE"?

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  • Russ
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    Sartre's metaphor in No Exit "hell is other people" is always misunderstood. He did not mean to say that other people are hell-ish, cruel, or bad.

    Sartre postulated that when we think of ourselves, we use knowledge of us that other people have. We judge ourselves with the means other people have and use to judge ourselves. And, others' judgments about us are in whatever we say about ourselves. Thus if relations with someone else are twisted or destructive then that other person can only be hell. That's what Sartre really meant in his metaphor.

    • Juan2 years agoReport

      so, hell is other people, who can be judgemental and horrible, or people can be nice.

  • nick p
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago


    …“hell is other people” has always been misunderstood. It has been thought that what I meant by that was that our relations with other people are always poisoned, that they are invariably hellish relations. But what I really mean is something totally different. I mean that if relations with someone else are twisted, vitiated, then that other person can only be hell. Why? Because…when we think about ourselves, when we try to know ourselves, … we use the knowledge of us which other people already have. We judge ourselves with the means other people have and have given us for judging ourselves. Into whatever I say about myself someone else’s judgment always enters. Into whatever I feel within myself someone else’s judgment enters. … But that does not at all mean that one cannot have relations with other people. It simply brings out the capital importance of all other people for each one of us". (From the Imago playbill)

  • 5 years ago

    The core issue is the human addiction to self (ego)

    No self-no problem said the Buddha

    The concept of an island self is a mirage

    If you cling to that mirage,it seems that the other creates hell

    But if you look inward, that construct is not fixed/real

    Everything changes"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you" - Carl Jung

  • Ebonie
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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    First of all, don't feel self-conscious! Just because you're black and he's white doesn't mean he can't like you.. i've seen many beautiful black girls with attractive white guys And if he says 'hey beautiful' he's flirting with you! Don't panic, he's a guy- if he says it he must mean it. He's not joking or making fun of you or anything like that, as he actually means what he's saying. He thinks you're beautiful and wants you to know it. He's flirting with you, trying to get your attention. He's saying it because he's interested in you! You don't have to worry about how to answer him! When I get a "hey beautiful" I just reply with a "hi" and smile back. In conclusion, he's flirting with you and is trying really hard to get your attention. He definitely likes you!

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  • 3 years ago

    Hell Is Other People

    • Angel3 years agoReport

      Interesting responses. My impression was he meant **** you guys, you're annoying

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    J-P S was stating that he was existentially ok with himself, and that interacting with other people was the tricky part.

    "A Philosophy of Universality," O. M. Aivanhov.

    "The Path of the Higher Self," Mark Prophet.

    "The Master of Lucid Dreams," Dr. Olga Kharitidi,

    "To Live Within," Lizelle Reymond, and

    "The Great Divorce," C. S. Lewis, are good re this. and also.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sartre sees the primary difficulty in life in the "depth" of reality. Reality is like an infinite cliff we are standing next to. Imagination is where we "cut the legs" off the cliff so we can stand to be in proximity to it.

    Other people don't respect our need for delusion. So they are fear bringers and terror mongers.

  • 5 years ago

    I think Michael Nesmith had it when, in a satirical gag called, “Neighborhood Nuclear Superiority,” he noted that “even the nicest neighborhood can be ruined by neighbors.”

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    • tim5 years agoReport

      And if that doesn;t answer it for you, ask Quentin Robert DeNameland, greatest living philostopher known to mankind. It takes a philostopher to understand a philostopher.

  • I know exactly what Sartre meant by that.I experience this existential issue every single day of my life.

  • 1 decade ago

    Live in New York City for a while and that should answer your question.

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