Existentialism Is a Humanism
It was to correct common misconceptions about his thought that Sartre accepted an invitation to speak on October 29, 1945, at the Club Maintenant in Paris. The unstated objective of his lecture (Existentialism Is a Humanism”) was to expound his philosophy as a form of existentialism,” a term... show more
It was to correct common misconceptions about his thought that Sartre accepted an invitation to speak on October 29, 1945, at the Club Maintenant in Paris. The unstated objective of his lecture (Existentialism Is a Humanism”) was to expound his philosophy as a form of existentialism,” a term much bandied about at the time. Sartre asserted that existentialism was essentially a doctrine for philosophers, though, ironically, he was about to make it accessible to a general audience. The published text of his lecture quickly became one of the bibles of existentialism and made Sartre an international celebrity.The idea of freedom occupies the center of Sartre’s doctrine. Man, born into an empty, godless universe, is nothing to begin with. He creates his essencehis self, his beingthrough the choices he freely makes (existence precedes essence”). Were it not for the contingency of his death, he would never end. Choosing to be this or that is to affirm the value of what we choose. In choosing, therefore, we commit not only ourselves but all of mankind.This edition of Existentialism Is a Humanism is a translation of the 1996 French edition, which includes Arlette Elkaïm-Sartre’s introduction and a Q&A with Sartre about his lecture. Paired with Existentialism Is a Humanism” is another seminal Sartre text, his commentary on Camus’s The Stranger. In her foreword, intended for an American audience, acclaimed Sartre biographer Annie Cohen-Solal offers an assessment of both works.
Publish date: July 24th 2007
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pages no: 108
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, European Literature
, 20th Century
, French Literature
What I really liked about this work is that it stresses the importance possibilities. Sartre agrees with Heidegger's view which suggests that we are not born smart of cowards. We are not born successful or losers. It's rather the set of possibilities that we choose that define us. Possibilities are ...
"L'homme n'est rien d'autre que son projet, il n'existe que dans la mesure où il se réalise, il n'est donc rien d'autre que l'ensemble de ses actes, rien d'autre que sa vie."Retranscription d'une conférence extrêmement intéressante de Sartre en défense de l'existentialisme. Une très belle défense, u...
My first exposure to Existentialism is a Humanism was in our faculty book fair when I was the second year student of engineering. I bought this book and another book Hajj written by Ali Shariati. I was totally a blockhead. I knew almost nothing about literature, philosophy, theology, God and whateve...
I found this online.Existentialism Is a HumanismI searched l'existence pr??c??de l'essence and it led me to view this lecture by Satre.