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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 Marxian tradition, which would continue into the next century. The Work of Sartre was thus considered essential for its insights on Sartre and as a ...
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The Work of Sartre

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Overview

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 Marxian 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 upon the enture oeuvre, situating it within the historical and social context 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 their search for freedom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583672952
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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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Table of Contents

Preface to the Expanded Edition 9

Introduction to the First Edition 15

Part 1 The Unity of Life and Work: Outline of Sartre's Development

1 The Writer and His Situation 33

2 Philosophy, Literature, and Myth 47

3 From "The Legend of Truth" to a "True Legend": Phases of Sartre's Development 67

Part 2 Search for Freedom

4 Search for the Individual: The Early Works 91

5 Freedom and Passion: The World of Being and Nothingness 143

A Note on Being and Nothingness 213

Part 3 The Challenge of History

Introduction 225

6 Material and Formal Structures of History: Critique of Sartre's Conception of Dialectical Reason and Historical Totalization 239

7 Lévi-Strauss Against Sartre 279

8 The Role of Scarcity in Historical Conceptions 295

9 The Missing Dimension 307

Conclusion 325

Notes 331

Index 375

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