The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 36 (1):192-194 (1982)

When Jean-Paul Sartre died on April 15, 1980, a Vatican newspaper wrote that "a very confused and confusing thinker" had passed away. To those who followed Sartre's public statements and interviews during the last five to ten years of his life, the phrase rings true. Sartre's commitment to history in confused times led to a Cartesian confusion, doubtlessly, while his philosophy followed a complex itinerary from his first publication in 1936 to his last in the seventies. Hence one welcomes the present book under review and can only commend it for "totalizing"--to use a Sartrean word--the philosophy of Sartre from a critical perspective. The most recent in the Library of Living Philosophers series, this volume earns the right to its ambitious title: twenty-eight original essays cover every significant aspect of Sartre's thought.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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