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Being and Nothingness | [Jean-Paul Sartre]

Being and Nothingness

In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre closely examines ontology (the study of the nature of being) and discusses empirical issues that he finds scientific fields struggle to explain. Above all, he delves into the idea of “freedom over choice”, which states that humans have complete and total responsibility over their actions. While taking care to address, build on, and refute the works of Descartes, Husserl, Hegel, and other earlier philosophers, Sartre covers “Being-for-itself”, “Being-for-others”, and ethics.
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The celebrated French philosopher’s most essential text, Being and Nothingness takes a revolutionary look at ontology, ethics, and personal freedom

In Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre closely examines ontology (the study of the nature of being) and discusses empirical issues that he finds scientific fields struggle to explain. Above all, he delves into the idea of “freedom over choice”, which states that humans have complete and total responsibility over their actions. While taking care to address, build on, and refute the works of Descartes, Husserl, Hegel, and other earlier philosophers, Sartre covers “Being-for-itself”, “Being-for-others”, and ethics, arguing that the body and the mind are capable of sharing a true single consciousness.

As one of the seminal works of existentialist theory, and thus a pinnacle of 20th-century philosophy, Being and Nothingness is a fundamental text for anyone interested in the field.

About the author: Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was a significant voice in the creation of existential thought. His explorations of the ways human existence is unique among all life-forms in its capacity to choose continue to influence fields such as Marxist philosophy, sociology, and literary studies. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature, but refused the honor.

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    This is a short book and the narrator rushes through one sentence to the next. The content is condensed and some sentences require a moment for thought and processing, but the monotone and hasty narration makes it hard to follow.

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    My faithful following will be shocked to see I not only paid for this piece of nonsense but also didn't return it in time. So be warned.

    Supposedly there is torture wherein water slowly drip onto forehead driving the restrained victim insane. Well this audio experience to me is like being restrained under a faucet of stale beer pouring endlessly upon my thick head.

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    Maybe the translation was mess. Maybe the book itself, but Sartre has a good reputation doesn't he? Ah this is such a bad example of how to present philosophy.

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