Day 291 — Jean-Paul Sartre

I’ve previously written about Simone de Beauvoir’s book The Second Sex and the recently published book At The Existentialist Café- Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails, but not about Jean-Paul Satre. He was an author of not only philosophical texts but also novels and plays, which have continued to be popular as intellectual sources of debate and entertainment.

He began writing in the mid-1930s and became a popular author, particularly with Being and Nothingness, an investigation of consciousness and existence, incorporating the phenomenological method of Husserl. Another work, Nausea, described the sense of distance and uncomfortableness that results from a potentially meaningless and chaotic world, and the aim of a productive existence that results.

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