" "A Commentary on Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness"] represents, I believe, a very important beginning of a deservingly serious effort to make the whole of "Being and Nothingness" more readily understandable and readable. . . . In his systematic interpretations of Sartre's book, Catalano] demonstrates a determination to confront many of the most demanding issues and concepts of "Being and Nothingness." He does not shrink--as do so many interpreters of Sartre--from such issues as the varied meanings of 'being, ' the meaning of 'internal negation' and 'absolute event, ' the idiosyncratic senses of transcendence, the meaning of the 'upsurge' in its different contexts, what it means to say that we 'exist our body, ' the connotation of such concepts as quality, quantity, potentiality, and instrumentality (in respect to Sartre's world of 'things'), or the origin of negation. . . . Catalano offers what is doubtless one of the most probing, original, and illuminating interpretations of Sartre's crucial concept of nothingness to appear in the Sartrean literature."--Ronald E. Santoni, "International Philosophical Quarterly"