Basic Writings by Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre is one of the most famous philosophers of the twentieth century. The principle founder of existentialism, a political thinker and famous novelist and dramatist, his work has exerted enormous influence in philosophy, literature, politics and cultural studies.
Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings is the first collection of Sartres key philosophical writings and provides an indispensable resource for all students and readers of his work. Stephen Priests clear and helpful introductions set each reading in context, making the volume an ideal companion to those coming to Sartres writings for the first time.
Born on June 21, , in Paris, France, Jean-Paul Sartre was a pioneering intellectual and proponent of existentialism who championed leftist causes in France and other countries. He wrote a number of books, including the highly influential Being and Nothingness , and was awarded the Nobel Prize in , though he turned it down. He had a relationship with noted intellectual Simone de Beauvoir. Sartre lost his father in infancy. The two became lifelong companions, though they were not monogamous. Sartre and de Beauvoir, a feminist and philosopher, challenged the cultural and social expectations of their respective "bourgeois" backgrounds.
French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre , the best known European public intellectual of the twentieth century, developed a highly original political philosophy , influenced in part by the work of Hegel and Marx. Although he wrote little on ethics or politics prior to World War II, political themes dominated his writings from onwards. Sartre co-founded the journal Les Temps Modernes , which would publish many seminal essays on political theory and world affairs. His last systematic work, The Family Idiot , would express his final and most nuanced views on the relation between individuals and social wholes. As a Marxist he believed that societies were best understood as arenas of struggle between powerful and powerless groups.
Jean-Paul Sartre , born June 21, , Paris , France—died April 15, , Paris , French novelist, playwright, and exponent of Existentialism —a philosophy acclaiming the freedom of the individual human being. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in , but he declined it. Jean-Paul Sartre was a French novelist, playwright, and philosopher. A leading figure in 20th-century French philosophy, he was an exponent of a philosophy of existence known as existentialism. His most notable works included Nausea , Being and Nothingness , and Existentialism and Humanism After the death of his father, Sartre lived with his mother and maternal grandfather, a professor at the Sorbonne.
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