Sartre: A Philosophical Biography

Sartre: A Philosophical Biography

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 0521826403

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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Regarded as the father of existentialist philosophy, he was also a political critic, moralist, playwright, novelist, and author of biographies and short stories. Thomas R. Flynn provides the first book-length account of Sartre as a philosopher of the imaginary, mapping the intellectual development of his ideas throughout his life, and building a narrative that is not only philosophical but also attentive to the political and literary dimensions of his work. Exploring Sartre's existentialism, politics, ethics, and ontology, this book illuminates the defining ideas of Sartre's oeuvre: the literary and the philosophical, the imaginary and the conceptual, his descriptive phenomenology and his phenomenological concept of intentionality, and his conjunction of ethics and politics with an 'egoless' consciousness. It will appeal to all who are interested in Sartre's philosophy and its relation to his life.

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old man “had been entrusted with her little wonder and had brought back a toad” (Words 66). It took a young provincial girl to actually utter the word. 32 33 Sartre: un film. See Ce´r 193. Even worse than his months in the German prisoner of war camp, so it seems, which in retrospect were viewed as a period of fraternal comradery. Four accounts of Sartre’s childhood 15 Still, Pouillon reminds him in this interview, it was contingency, not violence, that was the capital experience of Sartre’s

volume ii, which deals with “L’Idylle de Tribschen” on which Sartre’s novel is based. For other possible sources at that time, see EJ 193, n. 1. See EJ 198, n. 1. On Mme Morel, see Ce´r 184. Me´moires 36. In his Carnets Midi, the young Sartre writes: “He [Nietzsche] is a poet who had the bad fortune to be taken for a philosopher” (EJ 471). Still, Sartre continued to be interested in Nietzsche, as Contat and Rybalka note: “One of Sartre’s most mysterious texts, one that no one seems to have read

L’Imagination Introducion to the Philosophy of History (Aron) L’Imaginaire Lettres au Castor et a` quelques autres, 1926–1939 Lectures de Sartre (Burgelin) Jean-Paul Sartre. A Life (Cohen-Solal) Literary and Philosophical Essays “Self-Portrait at Seventy,” Life/Situations Letters to Sartre (Beauvoir) Les Temps Modernes Mallarme´, Or the Poet of Nothingness Les Mots et autres e´crits autobiographiques (Ple´iade) Me´moires (Aron) “‘Morale et Histoire,’ the Cornell Lectures,” LTM “Materialism and

think of Pierre by a concrete concept is only to think of a collection of relations. Among these relations can be found determinations of place (Pierre is on a trip to Berlin, is a lawyer in Rabat, etc.). But these determinations add a positive element to the concrete nature ‘Pierre’; they never have that privative, negative character of the positional acts of the image” (Imaginary 13). The Imaginary 109 denoting “the immediate consciousness of [the object’s] nothingness” (Imaginary 14). This

end. As he approaches the enemy to surrender, he thinks to himself that the war is over and he has work to do. He must search for reliable comrades among this motley herd of dispirited men and begin the process of political formation. Brunet announces that he is a brevet officer and assumes command of the prisoners, representing 45 Jean-Paul Sartre, The Roads of Freedom, vol. iii, Troubled Sleep, trans. Gerard Hopkins (New York: Vintage, 1973). The British edition is entitled Iron in the Soul

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