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Literature & Existentialism

by Jean-Paul Sartre

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In a probing philosophical exploration of the act of literary creation, Sartre asks: "What is writing?," "Why write?," and "For whom does one write?" After discussing existentialism as it pertains to art, human emotions, and psychology, French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre turns the question of existentialism to the subject of literature by stating that he wishes to "examine the art of writing without prejudice." Sartre eschews the idea of artists and writers comparing their works of art to one another; instead, he argues, "they exist by themselves."   Tying into his thoughts on literature, Sartre additionally delves into Marxist politics, the intellectual labor of the writer, the individual reader, and the reading public.

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Philosophical Library/Open Road
Publication Date:
2012

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Jean-Paul Sartre (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 philoso...

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