Being and Nothingness

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Simon and Schuster, 1956 - Philosophy - 811 pages
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A philosophical classic and major cornerstone of modern existentialism

Often criticized and all-too-rarely understood, the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre encompasses the dilemmas and aspirations of the individual in contemporary society. Being and Nothingness contains all the basic tenets of his thought, as well as all its more intricate details. A work of inherent force and epic scope, it provides a vivid analysis for all who would understand one of the most influential philosophic movements of any age, and makes clear why The New York Times hailed Sartre’s masterpiece as "a philosophy to be reckoned with, both for its own intrinsic power and as a profound symptom of our time."

  

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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
viii
THE PURSUIT OF BEING
3
Chapter One The Origin of Negation
33
The Dialectical Concept of Nothingness
44
The Phenomenological Concept of Nothingness
49
The Origin of Nothingness
56
Chapter Two Bad Faith
86
Patterns of Bad Faith
96
The Time of the World
279
Chapter One The Existence of Others
301
Husserl Hegel Heidegger
315
IV The Look
340
Chapter Two The Body
401
The Third Ontological Dimension of the Body
460
Chapter Three Concrete Relations With Others
471
Indifference
494

HI The Faith of Bad Faith
112
Chapter One Immediate Structures of the ForItself
119
H The Facticity of the ForItself
127
The ForItself and the Being of Value
133
The ForItself and the Being of Possibilities
147
Chapter Two Temporality
159
The Ontology of Temporality
187
Chapter Three Transcendence
238
Determination as Negation
249
Quality and Quantity Potentiality
257
BeingWith Mitsein and the We
534
PART FOUR
557
Freedom and Responsibility
707
Quality as a Revelation of Being
765
CONCLUSION
785
Ethical Implications
795
Key to Special Terminology
801
Index
809
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About the author (1956)

Sartre is the dominant figure in post-war French intellectual life. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure with an agregation in philosophy, Sartre has been a major figure on the literary and philosophical scenes since the late 1930s. Widely known as an atheistic proponent of existentialism, he emphasized the priority of existence over preconceived essences and the importance of human freedom. In his first and best novel, Nausea (1938), Sartre contrasted the fluidity of human consciousness with the apparent solidity of external reality and satirized the hypocrisies and pretensions of bourgeois idealism. Sartre's theater is also highly ideological, emphasizing the importance of personal freedom and the commitment of the individual to social and political goals. His first play, The Flies (1943), was produced during the German occupation, despite its underlying message of defiance. One of his most popular plays is the one-act No Exit (1944), in which the traditional theological concept of hell is redefined in existentialist terms. In Red Gloves (Les Mains Sales) (1948), Sartre examines the pragmatic implications of the individual involved in political action through the mechanism of the Communist party and a changing historical situation. His highly readable autobiography, The Words (1964), tells of his childhood in an idealistic bourgeois Protestant family and of his subsequent rejection of his upbringing. Sartre has also made significant contributions to literary criticism in his 10-volume Situations (1947--72) and in works on Baudelaire, Genet, and Flaubert. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and refused it, saying that he always declined official honors.

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