A philosophical classic and major cornerstone of modern existentialism
Often criticized and all-too-rarely understood, the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre encompasses the dilemmas and aspirations of the individual in contemporary society. Being and Nothingness contains all the basic tenets of his thought, as well as all its more intricate details. A work of inherent force and epic scope, it provides a vivid analysis for all who would understand one of the most influential philosophic movements of any age, and makes clear why The New York Times hailed Sartre's masterpiece as "a philosophy to be reckoned with, both for its own intrinsic power and as a profound symptom of our time."
About the Author
Born in Paris in 1905, Sartre was a professor of philosophy when he joined the French Army at the outbreak of World War II. Captured by the Germans, he was released, after nearly a year, in 1941. He immediately joined the French resistance as a journalist. In the postwar era Jean-Paul Sartre - philosopher, critic, novelist, and dramatist - became one of the most influential men of this century. He died in Paris in 1980.
Novelist, playwright, and biographer Jean-Paul Sartre is widely considered one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. His major works include No Exit, Nausea, The Wall, The Age of Reason, Critique of Dialectical Reason, Being and Nothingness, and Roads to Freedom, an allegory of man's search for commitment, and not, as the man at the off-licence says, an everyday story of French country folk.
"There can be no doubt that this is a philosophy to be reckoned with, both for its own intrinsic power and as a profound symptom of our time."--The New York Times