Donald D Palmer.
Sartre For Beginners is an accessible yet
sophisticated introduction to the life and works of
the famous French philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre.
Sartre was a member of the French underground
during WWII, a novelist, a playwright, and a major
influence in French political and intellectual life.
The book opens with a biographical section.
Then it examines Sartre’s early philosophical
works. Ideas from Sartre’s fictional and dramatic
works are discussed, along with the topics
of consciousness, freedom, responsibility,
absurdity, “bad faith,” authenticity, and the hellish
confrontation with other people. Finally, the book
deals with Sartre’s modification of his early existentialism to compliment his
conversion to a kind of “existential” Marxism.