Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology

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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 ...

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Overview

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."

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"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."
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"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671867805
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 215,195
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Preface vii
Translator's Introduction viii
Introduction: The Pursuit of Being xlv
Part 1 The Problem of Nothingness
Chapter 1 The Origin of Negation 3
I. The Question 3
II. Negations 6
III. The Dialectical Concept of Nothingness 12
IV. The Phenomenological Concept of Nothingness 16
V. The Origin of Nothingness 21
Part 2 Being-for-Itself
Chapter 1 Immediate Structures of the For-Itself 49
I. Presence to Self 49
II. The Facticity of the For-Itself 55
III. The For-Itself and the Being of Value 60
IV. The For-Itself and the Being of Possibilities 71
V. The Self and the Circuit of Selfness 78
Chapter 2 Temporality 83
I. Phenomenology of the Three Temporal Dimensions 83
II. The Ontology of Temporality 106
III. Original Temporality and Psychic Temporality: Reflection 126
Chapter 3 Transcendence 147
I. Knowledge as a Type of Relation Between the For-Itself and the In-Itself 148
II. Determination as Negation 156
III. Quality and Quantity Potentiality, Instrumentality 162
IV. The Time of the World 180
V. Knowledge 192
Part 3 Being-for-Others
Chapter 1 The Existence of Others 197
I. The Problem 197
II. The Reef of Solipsism 199
III. Husserl, Hegel, Heidegger 209
IV. The Look 228
Chapter 2 The Body 279
I. The Body as Being-For-Itself: Facticity 282
II. The Body-For-Others 315
III. The Third Ontological Dimension of the Body 327
Chapter 3 Concrete Relations With Others 337
I. First Attitude Toward Others: Love, Language, Masochism 340
II. Second Attitude Toward Others: Indifference, Desire, Hate, Sadism 355
III. "Being-With" (Mitsein) and the "We" 389
Part 4 Having, Doing and Being
Chapter 1 Being and Doing: Freedom 409
I. Freedom: The First Condition of Action 409
II. Freedom and Facticity: The Situation 457
III. Freedom and Responsibility 529
Conclusion
I. In-Itself and For-Itself: Metaphysical Implications 535
II. Ethical Implications 543
Key to Special Terminology 547
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    Yipee

    I think that this work does an exquisite job of portraying Sartre's philosophies of existentialism. It provides its readers with a new outlook on life and reality, and really makes them think about their own existence. Beware, though...it's not an easy read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2006

    fun read

    'Fiction CAN be fun' is how I would verbalize the current state of mind I am in right now after this read. It is a pretty tough read like others have said,however, Fiction can be fun like I said before. Truth is much more interesting.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2005

    NOTHINGNESS AND BEING.....

    A good read, if you have the patient...But then, you may become authentic from the call of consciousness and decide to achieve your absolute possibility.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    meh

    Gives good insight, but not very exciting to read.

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