Being and Nothingness

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Open Road Media, Jan 17, 2012 - Philosophy - 700 pages
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The celebrated French philosopher’s most essential text, Being and Nothingness takes a revolutionary look at ontology, ethics, and personal freedom  In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre closely examines ontology (the study of the nature of being) and discusses empirical issues that he finds scientific fields struggle to explain. Above all, he delves into the idea of “freedom over choice,” which states that humans have complete and total responsibility over their actions. While taking care to address, build on, and refute the works of Descartes, Husserl, Hegel, and other earlier philosophers, Sartre covers “Being-for-itself,” “Being-for-others,” and ethics, arguing that the body and the mind are capable of sharing a true single consciousness. As one of the seminal works of existentialist theory, and thus a pinnacle of twentieth-century philosophy, Being and Nothingness is a fundamental text for anyone interested in the field.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) was a significant voice in the creation of existential thought. His explorations of the ways human existence is unique among all life-forms in its capacity to choose continue to influence fields such as Marxist philosophy, sociology, and literary studies. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature, but refused the honor.
  

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I could relate to some of the philosophical ideas in this book, but other ideas seemed way too either inaccurate or felt like something Sartre didn't actually believe but wrote down anyway. Also, I ... Read full review

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One of the major philosophical work of the 20th century and of all time. Complete understanding of human structure and one's determination "in the midst of the world". Great part of existential ... Read full review

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Contents

Translators Preface
The Pursuit of Being
Chapter One The Origin of Negation
Chapter Two Bad Faith
Chapter One Immediate Structures of the ForItself
Chapter Two Temporality
Chapter Three Transcendence
Chapter One The Existence of Others
Chapter Two The Body
Chapter Three Concrete Relations With Others
PART FOUR
Freedom
Chapter Two Doing and Having
CONCLUSION
Index
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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) was a significant voice in the creation of existential thought. His explorations of the ways human existence is unique among all life-forms in its capacity to choose continue to influence fields such as Marxist philosophy, sociology, and literary studies. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature, but refused the honor.

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