Essays in Existentialism A splendid introduction to the philosophy of existentialism In Essays in Existentialism Jean Paul Sartre the leading French exponent of existential philosophy wrote a book that open many

  • Title: Essays in Existentialism
  • Author: Jean-Paul Sartre Wade Baskin
  • ISBN: 9780806501628
  • Page: 384
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  • A splendid introduction to the philosophy of existentialism.In Essays in Existentialism, Jean Paul Sartre 1905 1980 , the leading French exponent of existential philosophy, wrote a book that open many doors to the mind Sartre challenged his readers to think beyond the meaning of their everyday thoughts and beliefs His essays on nothingness, on the emotions, and on the iA splendid introduction to the philosophy of existentialism.In Essays in Existentialism, Jean Paul Sartre 1905 1980 , the leading French exponent of existential philosophy, wrote a book that open many doors to the mind Sartre challenged his readers to think beyond the meaning of their everyday thoughts and beliefs His essays on nothingness, on the emotions, and on the image including The Problem of Nothingness, The Role of the Image in Mental Life, and Essays in Aesthetics contain the essentials of his metaphysical speculations.An introductory essay by Professor Jean Wahl clarifies the origins of Sartre s humanistic, religious, and aesthetic ideas.Essays in Existentialism challanges and encourages us to alter how we think about the choices that we make to live authentically we must be concious of our freedom to choose and concerned with the effect our choice will have on all others It is an essential text for any student of philosophy.

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      Jean Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, normally known simply as Jean Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic He was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy.He declined the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a far reaching influence on our age In the years around the time of his death, however, existentialism declined in French philosophy and was overtaken by structuralism, represented by Levi Strauss and, one of Sartre s detractors, Michel Foucault.



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    1. This was assigned for the Philosophy of Existentialism taught by Howard Burkle. Although he became head of the new Religion Department at Grinnell College, this course was taught under the Department of Philosophy. The readings included Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, Marcel and Kaufmann. The fact that I remember them all bespeaks the positive impression the class made and I did quite enjoy all the readings--even, surprisingly, Kierkegaard--except for one.The one I didn't like was the Sar [...]

    2. this could be a 3.5, as i enjoyed the start essays but less the applied criticism of the arts. the beginning essays simply reminded me of his ideas, his perspectives, his existentialism- and what a smooth writer he is, with a deft turn of phrase, an acute sense of dramatization. i felt i had read them before, possibly had in b & n. his essay on why write also familiar, also useful. interesting bio on tincoretti. on giaccometti sculptures yes i could see where he is headed. on his painting le [...]

    3. Part I is comprised of the Sartre-ssentials: accessible, to the point, and "of interest primarily to the ethicist," aka your average guy. Must read.Part II is, from what I can discern, a condensed version of his explorations of Nothingness, Negation, the "Not." Deeply interesting, occasionally deeply confusing. Perhaps a dive into Being and Nothingness is in order, but the passages on bad faith are indispensable.Part III offers a phenomenological attack on psychology and those pesky psychoanalys [...]

    4. A fantastic collection of essays from one of the most brilliant existentialists. If you had/have a hard time getting through "Being & Nothingness" start here. You won't feel overwhelmed with the information being hurled at you, but your brain will still explode from the unmitigated sense of nothingness you'll feel during & after reading. Highly recommend for fans of existentialism or for someone looking to learn more about it.

    5. I read this book - an introduction, perhaps, or an overview of Sartre - alongside, of all things, the Apostle Paul and the Book of Romans. The two make an incredible pair.I said to a friend: "Paul and Sartre are like photographic negatives." I do not think Sartre knew how closely his views of Freedom and Responsibility and Bad Faith could mirror the Christian description of Sin and Freedom and Depravity. Sartre seems to be mistaken whenever he confronts God, speaking antagonistically toward the [...]

    6. The essays about existentialism proper are great, a worthy read. All the other stuff he wrote was just coasting on those earlier successes.

    7. Existentialism is a Humanism is a substantial essay in that it, in my opinion, successfully refutes the "oppositions" skewing of existentialism and what it entails. In the essay - which I only read, I didn't read the rest of the book - he bifurcates existentialism into two essential parts: theistic (kierkegaard, etc) and atheistic (he lumps in hedeigger), and proceeds to expound on the importance of both in terms of morality and the human condition. I think his position on "existence preceeding [...]

    8. This book is a collection of essays by Sartre. They begin with very existential ideas, in fact nearly defining the existential movement. It then morphs into a discussion of nothingness, still very existential in nature. The discussion of nothingness was the hardest for me to understand, and one would likely benefit from reading it with a friend to sound out ideas together. The concept of emotions that Sartre then pursues is also rich. Finally Sartre ends with a discussion of different artists, w [...]

    9. A thoroughly enjoyable collection of essays by Jean-Paul Sartre. . . . Really. I especially enjoyed reading Part I ("The Humanism of Existentialism" and "Freedom and Responsibility" were my favorite sub-sections) as well as Part III ("The Emotions: Outline of a Theory"), Part V ("What Is Writing?"), and Part VI ("Essays in Aesthetics"). This last part (VI) is an excellent reminder that Sartre is also a fiction writer whose language is indeed beautiful. . . . I just love those French existentiali [...]

    10. The beginning, Existentialism is a humanism, is just about the finest, most well-sitting intro on Existentialism I've found to date.After that, everything gets a bit fuzzy for me. I found Satre's use of psychoanalysis old-fashioned, and he lost me in his subsequent essays on authenticity & co, but I did find the closing writings on aesthetics semi-comprehensible. Still, fond memories of what was my first foray into Existentialism, though as you can get Existentialism is a humanism as a full [...]

    11. Short essays on various topics in existentialism. I realize this is not likely helpful but it is a great text for getting in on the ground floor and learning of existentialism. Sometimes gets a little complex on the ideas and concepts but overall good for someone without previous philosophical study.

    12. This is a pretty good collection of Sartre's works; however, I'm not a big fan of the translations in this text. But if you need to read a bunch of Sartre's most important essays, this is the text to get.

    13. Existentialist heavy hitter is very technical, and makes some people drink lots of black coffee and smoke unfiltered cigarettes.I find this book to be surprisingly easy to read compared to some of his other work.

    14. A nice collection of essays discussing not only existentialism, but also topics such as art (through a consideration of specific artists such as Calder and Giacometti) from an existentialist, or at least Sartrean, viewpoint.

    15. this book was given to me by a friend. i haven't read all of it because it's really thick and a little boring.

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