Conversations with Jean-Paul Sartre

Conversations with Jean-Paul Sartre

by Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir
     
 

Jean-Paul Sartre, novelist, playwright, biographer, was undoubtedly one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century.  Above all, however, he was an embodiment of the engagé intellectual, active in a variety of political causes, as well as an individual who attempted to live his life in accordance with the philosophy he professed.
 
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Jean-Paul Sartre, novelist, playwright, biographer, was undoubtedly one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century.  Above all, however, he was an embodiment of the engagé intellectual, active in a variety of political causes, as well as an individual who attempted to live his life in accordance with the philosophy he professed.
 
These interviews take Sartre on a wide-ranging tour of his philosophy and politics.  Here we have Simone de Beauvoir challenging Sartre on his own attitude towards machismo and feminism; and Sartre responding thoughtfully to questions which range from Freud, Marx, and the drama of Bertolt Brecht to the Cultural Revolution, Stalinism, the May 'Events' and of course, the US war on Vietnam.  Their breadth remains a testimony to one man's attempt to make philosophical sense of the tumultuous world around him.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This brief collection of interviews presents Sartre's philosophical and political views on such topics as individual freedom, Marxism, and women's rights. The three interviews-which appeared in the journals New Left Review and L'Arc in 1965, 1967, and 1975-give the reader a glimpse into Sartre's philosophy as developed in his Critique of Dialectical Reason. In the first interview, Sartre explains how his philosophy evolved from an emphasis on individuals and freedom to his blending of Existentialism and Marxism, which sees individuals through class relationships. This sets the tone for the following interviews, in which Sartre uses his Marxist theories to explain his views on women's rights and the ethical condemnation of imperialist societies. While the interviews offer an interesting insight into how Sartre's theories developed, the collection as a whole does little else. There is no introduction to explain a common theme, and the chapters are simply given the title of the original article with a citation at the end. Because of these deficiencies, this collection is not recommended.-Scott Duimstra, Capital Area Dist. Lib., Lansing, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905422012
Publisher:
Seagull Books
Publication date:
04/18/2006
Series:
Conversations Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

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Jean Paul Sartre (1905-1980) became the emblematic French thinker of his generation. His hugely influential writings - ranging across philosophy, novels, stories, plays, and political pamphlets - include Being and Nothingness, Critique of Dialectical Reason, Nausea, The Words, The Flies, and No Exit.

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