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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User Review  - P_S_Patrick - LibraryThing

Here, Sartre follows in the tradition set by Kant, for Professors of Philosophy to set their philosophical systems forth in expansive and difficult works. Being and Nothingness is 800 pages, and ... Read full review

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Despite not understanding most of the Phenomenological terminology that Sartre employs, I found the book to very profound and an excellent explanation of the current state of affairs of the modern ... 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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