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The Work of Sartre
     

The Work of Sartre

by Istvan Meszaros
 

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This landmark book, first published in 1979, met acclaim as a doubly important work of radical philosophy. Its subject, Jean-Paul Sartre, was among the twentieth century's most controversial and influential philosophers; its author, István Mészáros, was himself establishing a reputation for profound contributions to the Marxist tradition, which

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This landmark book, first published in 1979, met acclaim as a doubly important work of radical philosophy. Its subject, Jean-Paul Sartre, was among the twentieth century's most controversial and influential philosophers; its author, István Mészáros, was himself establishing a reputation for profound contributions to the Marxist tradition, which would continue into the next century. The Work of Sartre was thus considered essential for its insights on Sartre and as a piece of Mészáros's developing politico-philosophical project.

In this completely updated and expanded volume, Mészáros examines the manifold aspects of Sartre's legacy-as novelist, playwright, philosopher, and political actor-and in so doing casts light on the entire oeuvre, situating it within the historical and social contexts of Sartre's time. Although critical of aspects of Sartre's philosophy, Mészáros celebrates his unyielding commitment to the struggle against the power of capital, and elucidates what this means for the individual in the search for freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583672921
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

István Mészáros is a world-renowned philosopher and critic. He left his native Hungary after the Soviet invasion of 1956. He is professor emeritus at the University of Sussex, where he held the chair of philosophy for fifteen years. Meszaros is author of The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time, Beyond Capital, The Power of Ideology, The Work of Sartre, and Marx’s Theory of Alienation.

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