1st Edition

Reading Sartre
On Phenomenology and Existentialism

Edited By

Jonathan Webber

ISBN 9780415550963
Published October 7, 2010 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. The fourteen original essays in this volume focus on the phenomenological and existentialist writings of the first major phase of his published career, arguing with scholarly precision for their continuing importance to philosophical debate.

Aspects of Sartre’s philosophy under discussion in this volume include:

  • consciousness and self-consciousness
  • imagination and aesthetic experience
  • emotions and other feelings
  • embodiment
  • selfhood and the Other
  • freedom, bad faith, and authenticity
  • literary fiction as philosophical writing

Reading Sartre: on Phenomenology and Existentialism is an indispensable resource for understanding the nature and importance of Sartre’s philosophy. It is essential reading for students of phenomenology, existentialism, ethics, or aesthetics, and for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary thought in twentieth century philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. The Ethics of Authenticity Christine Daigle  2. Imagination in Non-Representational Painting Andreas Elpidorou  3. What Is It Like To Be Free? Matthew C. Eshleman  4. The Transcendental Dimension of Sartre’s Philosophy Sebastian Gardner  5. Being Colonized Azzedine Haddour  6. A Sartrean Critique of Introspection Anthony Hatzimoysis  7. Imagination and Affective Response Robert Hopkins  8. The Significance of Context in Illustrative Examples Andrew Leak  9. The Graceful, the Ungraceful, and the Disgraceful Katherine J. Morris  10. Magic in Sartre’s Early Philosophy Sarah Richmond  11. Alienation, Objectification, and the Primacy of Virtue Alan Thomas  12. Bad Faith and the Other Jonathan Webber  13. Pre-Reflective Self-Consciousness and the Autobiographical Ego Kenneth Williford  14. Shame and the Exposed Self Dan Zahavi.  Bibliography of Sartre’s Works Cited.  Bibliography of Other Works Cited.  Index

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Jonathan Webber is Lecturer in Philosophy at Cardiff University. He is the author of The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre (Routledge, 2009) and translator of Sartre’s book The Imaginary (Routledge, 2004).