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Existentialism and Human Emotions

by Sartre, Jean-Paul

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NY Philosophical Library, 1957 12 mo., hardcover, light browning of pages else near fine in lightly edgeworn green and white pictorial dj. 96 pp. Here lies the substance of his philosophy--that man is personally responsible for what he is and what he does, that there are no values external to man and no given human nature which he is obliged to fulfill; that man chooses his values and makes himself, and may therefore choose to be a different person..... Very Good/Unknown.

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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