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Existentialism And Human Emotions

by Jean-Paul Sartre

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New York: The Wisdom Library. A Division of Philosophical Library , Ca. 1957. Wraps. Good. Describing " the implications for personal action in what Sartre believed to be a universe without purpose, and, by impliction, man personally responsible for what he is and what he does....etc... that man chooses his values, makes himself, and may, threfore, choose to be a different person " - from comment on rear cover of book. ... With Seven Sections , beginning with : Existentialism.... Freedom and Responsibility... The Desire to Be God..etc.. Existentialist Psychoanalysis... The Hole.... Ethcal Inplications. Softcover book ( 5 3/8 X 8 ) 96 pages. A defense of existentialism against some charges brought against it . How significant is existentalism in today's world, several generations later ?

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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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