How to Read Sartre

How to Read Sartre

How to Read Sartre

How to Read Sartre


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“I can want only the freedom of others.”—Jean–Paul Sartre

The How to Read series provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon. These books use excerpts from the major texts to explain essential topics, such as Jean-Paul Sartre's pioneering thoughts on individual freedom, which served as a foundation for his role as the political champion of the oppressed.

Jean–Paul Sartre is best known as the pre-eminent philosopher of individual freedom. He is the one who told us that we are totally free. Robert Bernasconi shows how the early existentialist Sartre became in stages the political champion of the oppressed. Extracts are drawn from the full range of Sartre’s writings including the novel Nausea, and the major philosophical text Being and Nothingness. They show why of all major twentieth-century philosophers Sartre was the one who most easily passed beyond the confines of the academy to a general readership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393329520
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2007
Series: How to Read
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 742,282
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Robert Bernasconi is Moss Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. His books include The Question of Language in Heidegger’s History of Being and Heidegger in Question. He has edited anthologies on race and collections of essays on Levinas and Derrida.

Simon Critchley is a best-selling author and the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Book of Dead Philosophers, Bowie, and Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword     vi
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
'I Too Was Superfluous'     7
'Outside, in the World, Among Others'     16
'Hell Is Other People'     28
'He Is Playing at Being a Waiter in a Cafe'     35
'In War There Are No Innocent Victims'     43
'I Am Obliged to Want Others to Have Freedom'     53
'The Authentic Jew Makes Himself a Jew'     61
'The Eyes of the Least Favoured'     70
'A Future More or Less Blocked Off'     82
'Man Is Violent'     91
Notes     103
Chronology     105
Suggestions for Further Reading     109
Index     113
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