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An infant growing up in a forest would not discover by any privileged , interior reflection a need for a relation to other humans qua hu­ man , nor would such a child be human in our sense . 22 But we are born into a world where we encounter the existence of others as a brute give n . This does not mean that the existence of others alters the structure of consciousness and behavior in a merely superficial way. On the contrary, once the existence of other persons is given, consciousness is internally altered and structured to be the concrete humanity that we encounter in our everyday lives .

Sartre nevertheless agrees that the Method should be placed first , not only because it is shorter and simpler, but also because " in the dialectical method the chronological order is the most important . " 5 But much of that is discussed in the Method, and what will be said about it i n thi s background chapter will be clarified only as the details of the Critique's main argument are examined . The three major divisions of this background chapter follow Sartre 's divi­ sions in the Method; the subdivisions are here my own but are not here put in parentheses .

Historical events change , and judgments must change with them . He acknowl­ edges that during the time of Stalin the " sores" were covered over ( Ghost, 93) . But more basic to his change of v iew is the implicit judgment that the persecution of a l iterary and political el ite , while never justifiable, did not , of itself, indicate the total failure of Soviet socialism . The invasion of Hungary, however, was an attack on the workers and the people of a country. It repre­ sented a betrayal of the very purpose of socialism .

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