Being And Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
Discover the timeless wisdom of existentialism with the latest English translation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s influential book. This landmark treatise has been unavailable in English for over six decades, making it an essential addition to any philosophy enthusiast’s library.
Sartre’s profound examination of existentialism still holds tremendous significance today, as noted by The New York Times: “This is a philosophy that demands attention, both for its inherent potency and as a profound reflection of our contemporary era.”
First published in 1943, “Being and Nothingness” solidified Sartre’s position as one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. In this revolutionary work, Sartre delves into the essence of the human condition, shedding light on what gives our lives purpose and meaning.
With this new translation, the text becomes more accessible to a wider audience. Sartre’s foundational ideas reveal that we have the power to shape our own values, and our existence is defined by our freedom and the choices we make.
Sartre challenges the notion that human consciousness is a passive container, instead asserting that it actively projects itself onto the external world, imbuing it with significance. This perspective expands our understanding of the intricate relationship between our thoughts, experiences, and the world around us.
This edition also features an insightful foreword by Harvard professor of philosophy, Richard Moran. With his guidance, readers can navigate and appreciate Sartre’s groundbreaking concepts with clarity and insight.
The enduring relevance of Sartre’s ideas ensures that this translated masterpiece will continue to inspire generations to come. Gain a deeper understanding of the human experience and the power of our choices by delving into the pages of “Being and Nothingness.”
Existentialism: Embracing Freedom and Confronting Nothingness
“Being and Nothingness” by Jean-Paul Sartre, published in 1943, is a renowned essay on ontology and a cornerstone of existentialist philosophy. Sartre’s work is a reaction to the religious belief in divine creation, as he argues that we are born with nothingness and only become something through our own existence. He also challenges the psychoanalytic notion of the unconscious mind, stating that we are only what we are conscious of. Sartre’s philosophy is rooted in phenomenology, which asserts that consciousness is always aware of something external. He rejects the idea of a hidden self and emphasizes that our consciousness is tied to objects. Sartre explores the concept of nothingness as the basis of existence, and how we fill this void with societal roles and fake identities. He criticizes the idea of living in bad faith, which is the negation of our existence as authentic beings. Sartre believes that we must accept our existence as it is, without trying to escape into imagination or rely on external authorities. He argues that choices and limitations are inherent in our existence, and living authentically requires acknowledging and embracing them. Sartre sees consciousness as both aware of objects and aware of itself, making it a transparent phenomena. Overall, his philosophy is centered on the idea that our existence is rooted in nothingness, and we have the freedom to shape our own identities within the constraints of the external world.”