Routledge, London-New York


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Being and nothingness

Jean-Paul Sartre

Translated by Sarah Richmond

What gives our lives significance, Sartre argues in Being and Nothingness, is not pre-established for us by God or nature but is something for which we ourselves are responsible. At the heart of this view are Sartre’s radical conceptions of consciousness and freedom. Far from being an internal, passive container for our thoughts and experiences, human consciousness is constantly projecting itself into the outside world and imbuing it with meaning. Combining this with the unsettling view that human existence ischaracterized by radical freedom and the inescapability of choice, Sartre introduces us to a cast of ideas and characters that are part of philosophical legend: anguish; the "bad faith" of the memorable waiter in the café; sexual desire; and the "look" of the Other, brought to life by Sartre’s famous description of someone looking through a keyhole. Above all, by arguing that we alone create our values and that human relationships are characterized by hopeless conflict, Sartre paints a stark and controversial picture of our moral universe and one that resonates strongly today.

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Sartre, J.-P. (2018). Being and nothingness, transl. S. Richmond, Routledge, London-New York.

Table of Contents


Moran Richard

Translator's introduction

Richmond Sarah

The problem of nothingness

Sartre Jean-Paul

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Sartre Jean-Paul

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Sartre Jean-Paul

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To have, to do and to be

Sartre Jean-Paul

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Sartre Jean-Paul

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