Jean Paul Sartre on Dreaming

A public lecture on the nature of dreaming.
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Do we ever mistake a dream for a real experience?  

Jean-Paul Sartre makes a compelling case to say no: we can never truly mistake a dreamed experience for a real one because the mind that is dreaming is cut off from the very concept of “real.” Instead, the dreaming mind is trapped in a spellbinding fiction from which it cannot escape.

In this talk, I discuss Sartre’s conception of “dreaming consciousness” and why it has interesting and useful applications for modern philosophy of mind.