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Existentialism and Human Emotions

ISBN:0806509023

ISBN13:9780806509020

Publisher:Citadel

Authors:Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean-Paul Sartre

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Existentialism and Human Emotions Description

In this provocative philosophical analysis, Jean-Paul 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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