Sartre : The Necessity of Freedom

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This book is a comprehensive study of the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre. As well as examining the drama and the fiction, the book analyses the evolution of his philosophy, explores his concern with ethics, psychoanalysis, literary theory, biography and autobiography and includes a lengthy section on the still much-neglected study of Flaubert, L'Idiot de la famille. One important aim of the book is to rebut the charges made by many theorists and philosophers by revealing that Sartre is in fact a major source for concepts such as the decentred subject and detotalised truth and for the revolt against individualistic humanism. Dr Howells also takes into account much posthumously published material, in particular the Chaiers pour une morale, but also the Lettres au Castor and the Cranets de la drole de guerre. The work is a substantial contribution to Sartre studies, but has been written with the non-specialist in mind; to that end all quotations are translated into English and gathered in an appendix.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 18mm | 400g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521121574
  • 9780521121576
  • 1,992,315

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Chronological biography; 1. The early philosophy: the necessity of freedom; 2. Notes for an ethics; 3. The novels; 4. Drama: theory and practice; 5. The later philosophy: Marxism and the truth of history; 6. Literary theory; 7. Psychoanalysis: existential and Freudian; 8. Biography and autobiography: the discontinuous self; 9. A contemporary perspective: Qui perd gagne; Notes; Translations; Bibliography; Index.
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