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Mauvaise foi is not to be confused with the common lie. The liar "affirms truth within him self, denying it in his words , and denying that negation as such". In other words, the liar fully realizes and understands that the lie is in fact false, and therefore, is true to him self. Sartre says that the "inner-disposition" of the liar is truth. The liar, in the state that he knows he is lying, and knows the truth himself is transcending. This is not so for the one whom practices mauvaise foi. Bad faith, as it is translated into English, is a lie to one self, a "self negation", the truth is not hidden from another and held within, like the lie, but to oneself. True, that one who practices bad faith must be conscious that he practices bad faith, as being conscious is consciousness of being, but Sartre feels that mauvaise foi is the exception.

He calls it an "evanescent phenomenon" that "exists in and through its own differentiation". Sartre's concept of Mauvasie Foi is a coherent theory that is commonly practiced by humanity and is useful as a tool to Though there are different types of bad faith Sartre states that they are too numerous and obscure to go about defining all of them. Instead he chooses three. The first of these three examples is the denying of one's transcendence. In this situation one regards oneself as an object that has a specifically determined being. One rejects all options of making choices as one defines one self with specific virtues and characteristics. These qualities will make up a coherent existence, but of course it is never a true existence as freedom is rejected and transcendence is therefor denied. Sartre gives the example of a woman who is...