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EXISTENTIALISM AND HUMAN EMOTIONS by Jean-Paul Sartre - First Edition; First Printing - 1957 - from Rare Book Cellar and Biblio.com

EXISTENTIALISM AND HUMAN EMOTIONS

by Jean-Paul Sartre

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New York: Philosophical Library. 1957. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Toning, shelf wear on spine and front panel. Lightly toned throughout. ; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

In this provocative philosophical analysis, Sartre refutes the idea that existentialism drains meaning from human life, by claiming that the philosophy instead gives man total freedom to achieve his own significance. Sartre’s  Existentialism and Human Emotions  is a stirring defense of existentialist thought, which argues that “existence precedes essence.” While attacks on existentialism claim that the philosophy leads to a kind of nihilistic gloom, Sartre contends that instead existentialism is the only path toward giving man meaning. Sartre ultimately argues that by the very absence of “a priori meaning,” an individual can discover and shape his or her own significance and place in the world. Sartre turns the typical nihilistic definition of existentialism on its head in this optimistic take on his best-known theory. 



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