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Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings by Stephen Priest - 1 - Nov 2000 - from Redwood Bookstore (SKU: 1063)

Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings

Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings by Stephen Priest - 1 - Nov 2000 - from Redwood Bookstore (SKU: 1063)
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Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings

by Stephen Priest

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Routledge, Nov 2000. 1. Hardcover. This book is something of a pied piper that will entice the novice reader into unfamiliar territory. It is primarily intended as an introduction to Sartre's writings, providing a bite size introduction to the wide-ranging output of Existentialism's chief protagonist. My only concern is that Priest oscillates between analysis and explanation, where this occurs the author's style of writing becomes over ambitious: attempting to analyse the specific philosophical problems posed by Sartre's writings is beyond the grasp of such a short anthology. Ultimately, there is the possibility that the language employed will deter some readers from pursuing Sartre's own writings on the same basis, when in fact this is clearly not the case. It must be acknowledged that reading this anthology cannot substitute reading Sartre's original texts, which are themselves highly accessible.\nConsidering that the book is intended to provide the reader with the tools to approach Sartre's writings with a fundamental grasp of his philosophy, it is something of a shock to find that Priest makes little reference to Sartre's literary works; writings that ultimately provide a better and more useful introduction to Sartrean philosophy than the body of philosophical writing that provides its framing discourse. Such scant disregard for Sartre's key literary texts denies the reader access to Sartre's most profound works of philosophy. It is unfortunate that the book lacks extended notations and an index, qualities that would facilitate its use in academic study. The bibliography is similarly poor considering the intentions of the book, however, reference is given to a number of extensive bibliographies on related subjects. Priest's primary aim and indeed success, is in capturing the essence of Sartre's major area's of concern and explaining them concisely with reference to the specific bodies of theory/philosophy to which they belong. Priest makes a worthy attempt of over viewing phenomenology and ontology, philosophical doctrines that usually require extensive elucidation. I would recommend this book to anyone being introduced to Sartre as part of college/undergraduate study, only on the pretext that it is read in relation to the key texts, and not as an all-encompassing introduction to Sartrean philosophy. \nDouglas Leman


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Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings
Stephen Priest
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Nov 2000
Philosophy, Existentialism, History & Surveys - Modern, Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present, Movements - Existentialism, Phenomenology & Existentialism, Philosophy / History & Surveys / Modern

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