Being and Nothingness

ISBN-10: 0671867806

ISBN-13: 9780671867805

Edition: 1993

Authors: Jean-Paul Sartre, Hazel E. Barnes, Hazel E. Barnes, Jean-Paul Sartre

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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 8/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 864
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Sartre is the dominant figure in post-war French intellectual life. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure with an agregation in philosophy, Sartre has been a major figure on the literary and philosophical scenes since the late 1930s. Widely known as an atheistic proponent of existentialism, he emphasized the priority of existence over preconceived essences and the importance of human freedom. In his first and best novel, Nausea (1938), Sartre contrasted the fluidity of human consciousness with the apparent solidity of external reality and satirized the hypocrisies and pretensions of bourgeois idealism. Sartre's theater is also highly ideological, emphasizing the importance of personal freedom and the commitment of the individual to social and political goals. His first play, The Flies (1943), was produced during the German occupation, despite its underlying message of defiance. One of his most popular plays is the one-act No Exit (1944), in which the traditional theological concept of hell is redefined in existentialist terms. In Red Gloves (Les Mains Sales) (1948), Sartre examines the pragmatic implications of the individual involved in political action through the mechanism of the Communist party and a changing historical situation. His highly readable autobiography, The Words (1964), tells of his childhood in an idealistic bourgeois Protestant family and of his subsequent rejection of his upbringing. Sartre has also made significant contributions to literary criticism in his 10-volume Situations (1947--72) and in works on Baudelaire, Genet, and Flaubert.

Translator's Preface
Translator's Introduction
Introduction: The Pursuit of Being
The Problem of Nothingness
The Origin of Negation
The Question
The Dialectical Concept of Nothingness
The Phenomenological Concept of Nothingness
The Origin of Nothingness
Immediate Structures of the For-Itself
Presence to Self
The Facticity of the For-Itself
The For-Itself and the Being of Value
The For-Itself and the Being of Possibilities
The Self and the Circuit of Selfness
Phenomenology of the Three Temporal Dimensions
The Ontology of Temporality
Original Temporality and Psychic Temporality: Reflection
Knowledge as a Type of Relation Between the For-Itself and the In-Itself
Determination as Negation
Quality and Quantity Potentiality, Instrumentality
The Time of the World
The Existence of Others
The Problem
The Reef of Solipsism
Husserl, Hegel, Heidegger
The Look
The Body
The Body as Being-For-Itself: Facticity
The Body-For-Others
The Third Ontological Dimension of the Body
Concrete Relations With Others
First Attitude Toward Others: Love, Language, Masochism
Second Attitude Toward Others: Indifference, Desire, Hate, Sadism
"Being-With" (Mitsein) and the "We"
Having, Doing and Being
Being and Doing: Freedom
Freedom: The First Condition of Action
Freedom and Facticity: The Situation
Freedom and Responsibility
In-Itself and For-Itself: Metaphysical Implications
Ethical Implications
Key to Special Terminology
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