Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre PDF

By Jean-Paul Sartre

ISBN-10: 0671867806

ISBN-13: 9780671867805

Jean-Paul Sartre, the seminal smarty-pants of mid-century considering, introduced the existentialist fleet with the booklet of Being and Nothingness in 1943. even though the booklet is thick, dense, and unfriendly to careless readers, it's integral to these drawn to the philosophy of attention and unfastened will. a few of his arguments are incorrect, others are doubtful, yet for the main half Sartre's techniques penetrate deeply into primary philosophical territory. Basing his notion of self-consciousness loosely on Heidegger's "being," Sartre proceeds to sharply delineate among wide awake activities ("for themselves") and subconscious ("in themselves"). it's a wakeful selection, he claims, to stay one's lifestyles "authentically" and in a unified style, or not--this is the elemental freedom of our lives.
Drawing on historical past and his personal wealthy mind's eye for examples, Sartre deals compelling vitamins to his extra formal arguments. The waiter who detaches himself from his job-role sticks within the reader's reminiscence with better tenacity than the long dialogue of inauthentic lifestyles and serves to deliver the whole strength of the argument to existence. no matter if you're now not an angst-addicted poet from North seashore, Being and Nothingness provides you with a deep dialog with an excellent mind--unfortunately, a unprecedented locate nowadays.

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In order that this theme should preside over a whole series of syntheses of unifications and recognitions, it must be present to itself, not as a thing but as an operative intention which can exist only as the revealing-revealed (revelante-reveIee), to uSe an expres­ sion of Heidegger's. Thus in order to count, it is necessary to be conscious of counting. Of course, someone may say, but this makes a circle. ecessary that I count in fact in order to be conscious of counting? That IS true. " The idea can be expressed in these liv BEING AND NOTHINGNESS tenns: Every conscious existence exists as consciousness of existing.

The genius of Proust, even when reduced to the works produced, is no less equivalent to the infinity of possible points of view which one can take on that work and which we will call the "inexhaustibility" of Proust's work. But is not this inexhaustibility which implies a transcendence and a reference to the infinite-is this not an "hexis" at the exact moment xlviii 'II I I, 1 11. I'I BEING AND NOTHINGNESS when one apprehends it on the object? The essence finally is radically severed from the individual appearance which manifests it, since on prin­ ciple it is that which must be able to be manifested by an infinite series of individual manifestations.

I experience him as subject when he looks at me and as object when I look at him. And upon this un­ stable shifting of subject and object is erected the whole edifice of Sartrian love, hate, sadism, masochism, and even indifference, all of which to­ gether constitute that conflict which is at the basis of all inter-human relationships. While the body is that through which the Look is experienced, it is sexuality which just as much as in Freudian psychology-though in a far different way-lies at the origin of all human relations.

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