Sartre: The Philosopher of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

Sartre: The Philosopher of the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

by Bernard-Henri Levy
     
 

‘A whole man, made of all men, worth all of them, and any one of them worth him.’ This was how Jean-Paul Sartre characterized himself at the end of his autobiographical study, Words. And Bernard-Henri Lévy shows how Sartre cannot be understood without taking into account his relations with the intellectual forebears and contemporaries, the

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‘A whole man, made of all men, worth all of them, and any one of them worth him.’ This was how Jean-Paul Sartre characterized himself at the end of his autobiographical study, Words. And Bernard-Henri Lévy shows how Sartre cannot be understood without taking into account his relations with the intellectual forebears and contemporaries, the lovers and friends, with whom he conducted a lifelong debate. His thinking was essentially a tumultuous dialogue with his whole age and himself. He learned from Gide the art of freedom, and how to experiment with inherited fictional forms. He was a fellow-traveller of communism, and yet his relations with the Party were deeply ambiguous. He was fascinated by Freud but trenchantly critical of psychoanalysis. Beneath Sartre’s complex and ever-mutating political commitments, Lévy detects a polarity between anarchic individualism on the one hand, and a longing for absolute community that brought him close to totalitarianism on the other. Lévy depicts Sartre as a man who could succumb to the twentieth century’s catastrophic attraction to violence and the false messianism of its total political solutions, while also being one of the fiercest critics of its illusions and shortcomings.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745630090
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 9.86(h) x 1.69(d)

Meet the Author

Bernard-Henri Levy is a philosopher and a writer. He is a member of the Selection Committee of the Editions Grasset, and he runs La Regle du Jeu magazine. He writes a weekly column in the magazine, Point and chairs the Conseil de Surveillance of La Sept-Arte.

Table of Contents

Prologue1
Pt. I'The man, a century'7
1Sartre's Fame9
2Stendhal and Spinoza42
3Taking Leave of Gide74
4A 'German' Philosopher102
5Note on the Heidegger Question134
Pt. IIJustice for Jean-Paul Sartre163
1Existentialism is an Anti-humanism165
2What is a Monster? (biographical fragments)202
3Anti-Fascist from Beginning to End238
4Note on the Vichy Question: Sartre in the Resistance269
5Sartre, Now295
Pt. IIIThe Madness of the Age321
1Another Sartre (snapshots)323
2On the Workings of Error in the Life of an Intellectual355
3The Confession381
4Sartre's Failure412
5Requiem for Literature445
Epilogue (The Blind Philosopher)476
Notes503
Index527

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