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Jean-Paul Sartre

1st Edition

By Christine Daigle


176 pages

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A critical figure in twentieth-century literature and philosophy, Jean-Paul Sartre changed the course of critical thought, and claimed a new, important role for the intellectual.

Christine Daigle sets Sartre’s thought in context, and considers a number of key ideas in detail, charting their impact and continuing influence, including:

  • Sartre’s theories of consciousness, being and freedom as outlined in Being and Nothingness and other texts
  • the ethics of authenticity and absolute responsibility
  • concrete relations, sexual relationships and gender difference, focusing on the significance of the alienating look of the Other
  • the social and political role of the author
  • the legacy of Sartre’s theories and their relationship to structuralism and philosophy of mind.

Introducing both literary and philosophical texts by Sartre, this volume makes Sartre’s ideas newly accessible to students of literary and cultural studies as well as to students of continental philosophy and French.

Table of Contents

Why Sartre? Key Ideas 1. Consciousness 2. Being 3. Freedom 4. Authenticity 5. Interpersonal relations 6. The human condition 7. Committed literature 8. PoliticsAfter Sartre. Further Reading

About the Author/Editor

Christine Daigle is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies at Brock University, Ontario. She is the President of NASS (North American Sartre Society), author of Le nihilisme est-il un humanisme: Étude sur Nietzsche et Sartre (2005) and editor of Existentialist Thinkers and Ethics (2006) and co-editor with Jacob Golomb of Beauvoir and Sartre: The Riddle of Influence (2009).

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French