Sartre: A Philosophical Biography, 1st Edition

  • Thomas R. Flynn
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  • ISBN-10: 1316190439
  • ISBN-13: 9781316190432
  • DDC: 194
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 448 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released December 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Regarded as the father of existentialist philosophy, he was also a political critic, moralist, playwright, novelist, and author of biographies and short stories. Thomas R. Flynn provides the first book-length account of Sartre as a philosopher of the imaginary, mapping the intellectual development of his ideas throughout his life, and building a narrative that is not only philosophical but also attentive to the political and literary dimensions of his work. Exploring Sartre's existentialism, politics, ethics, and ontology, this book illuminates the defining ideas of Sartre's oeuvre: the literary and the philosophical, the imaginary and the conceptual, his descriptive phenomenology and his phenomenological concept of intentionality, and his conjunction of ethics and politics with an 'egoless' consciousness. It will appeal to all who are interested in Sartre's philosophy and its relation to his life.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Sartre: A Philosophical Biography.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Childhood of a Genius.
2: An Elite Education: Student, Author, Soldier, Teacher.
3: Teaching in the Lycée, 1931–1939.
4: First Triumph: The Imagination.
5: Consciousness as Imagination.
6: The Necessity of Contingency: Nausea.
7: The War Years, 1939–1944.
8: Bad Faith in Human Life: Being and Nothingness.
9: Existentialism: The Fruit of Liberation.
10: Ends and Means: Existential Ethics.
11: Means and Ends: Political Existentialism.
12: A Theory of History: Search for a Method.
13: Individuals and Groups: Critique of Dialectical Reason.
14: A Second Ethics?.
Existential Biography: Flaubert and Others.
Conclusion: The Sartrean Imaginary, Chastened but Indomitable.
Select Bibliography.