Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology

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by Jean-Paul Sartre, Hazel E. Barnes (Translator), Hazel E. Barnes (Translator)



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ISBN-13: 9780671867805
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 08/01/1993
Edition description: Original
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 60,241
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was the foremost French thinker and writer of the post-WWII years. His books have exerted enormous influence in philosophy, literature, art and politics.

Table of Contents

Translator's Prefacevii
Translator's Introductionviii
Introduction: The Pursuit of Beingxlv
Part 1The Problem of Nothingness
Chapter 1The Origin of Negation3
I.The Question3
III.The Dialectical Concept of Nothingness12
IV.The Phenomenological Concept of Nothingness16
V.The Origin of Nothingness21
Part 2Being-for-Itself
Chapter 1Immediate Structures of the For-Itself49
I.Presence to Self49
II.The Facticity of the For-Itself55
III.The For-Itself and the Being of Value60
IV.The For-Itself and the Being of Possibilities71
V.The Self and the Circuit of Selfness78
Chapter 2Temporality83
I.Phenomenology of the Three Temporal Dimensions83
II.The Ontology of Temporality106
III.Original Temporality and Psychic Temporality: Reflection126
Chapter 3Transcendence147
I.Knowledge as a Type of Relation Between the For-Itself and the In-Itself148
II.Determination as Negation156
III.Quality and Quantity Potentiality, Instrumentality162
IV.The Time of the World180
Part 3Being-for-Others
Chapter 1The Existence of Others197
I.The Problem197
II.The Reef of Solipsism199
III.Husserl, Hegel, Heidegger209
IV.The Look228
Chapter 2The Body279
I.The Body as Being-For-Itself: Facticity282
II.The Body-For-Others315
III.The Third Ontological Dimension of the Body327
Chapter 3Concrete Relations With Others337
I.First Attitude Toward Others: Love, Language, Masochism340
II.Second Attitude Toward Others: Indifference, Desire, Hate, Sadism355
III."Being-With" (Mitsein) and the "We"389
Part 4Having, Doing and Being
Chapter 1Being and Doing: Freedom409
I.Freedom: The First Condition of Action409
II.Freedom and Facticity: The Situation457
III.Freedom and Responsibility529
I.In-Itself and For-Itself: Metaphysical Implications535
II.Ethical Implications543
Key to Special Terminology547

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Being and Nothingness 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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,'s not an easy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ein Buch muß die Axt sein für das gefrorene Meer in uns.
glitwack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sixteen good pages in an 800 page bag. Read On Escape by Lévinas first or instead. Still, a cultural classic.
tkhanson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A long, hard slog. Much of the book is pretty opaque, though I remember the last third or so as having some very interesting insights. I especially liked the penultimate section, "Doing and Having", where he outlines his concept of existential psychoanalysis.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gives good insight, but not very exciting to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.