First published in Great Britain in 1968, this is an authoritative introduction to the life of one of the greatest intellectual figures of the twentieth century. Prompted by the belief that none of the parts of Sartre’s work is fully intelligible apart from the whole , this ambitious volume attempts to provide a synoptic view of Sartre’s oeuvre in its entirety. The editor, Robert Denoon Cumming, has organised the work around certain concepts which are central to Sartrian thought, notably Consciousness in its relation to Being, to ‘the Other’, to Art, Literature, History and Society.
The reader can see for himself how Sartre’s aesthetic and highly individual existentialism of La Nausée is systematically transformed into the neo-Marxist sociological theory of his Critique de la Raison dialectique. By a skilful process of editing, Professor Cumming has provided an authoritative introduction to the life of one of the greatest intellectual figures of modern times.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Consciousness 1. Self-consciousness 2. Consciousness of Existence 3. Emotional Consciousness 4. Imaginative Consciousness Part 2: Consciousness and Being 5. The Pursuit of Being 6. The Encounter with Nothingness 7. Self-Negation 8. The Being of Consciousness Part 3: Consciousness and the Other 8. Hell is Other People 9. The Encounter with the Other 10. The Body Part 4: Consciousness and Action 11. Resistance 12. The Deed 13. Being and Doing 14. Doing and Having 15. Existential Metaphysics 16. Existential Ethics Part 5: Consciousness and Literature 17. Art and Action 18. Art and Salvation Part 6: Consciousness and Society 19. Actions and Meanings 20. Individual Actions and Social Consequences 21. Social Structures 22. The Verdict of History