Sartre's 'Existentialism­ is a Humanism'

Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism is a Humanism is a treatise on the ideas of existentialism. Sartre, who is a philosopher who has given the most comprehensive account of existentialism, is also its spokesperson.

In this short piece of work, Sartre writes about why the existentialist conception of life, which basically renounces all of a possible metaphysical afterlife, is fraught with so much urgency. The famous phrase, "Existence precedes essence.", is its key phrase.

In this discussion we'll read this short work and discuss it in general.

What do you think about it? How do you feel about the book? Are you satisfied with what it says?

Do read the book and join along and discuss.


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  • Lim Thou T.

    Hi Aloysius sorry not being able to make it just arrived back from a trip..have a great time

    June 14

    • Aloysius

      Hi it's ok dont worry about it.

      June 15

  • Aloysius

    Hi all we are at Tea joy, not P Bistro...

    June 14

  • DLJ

    Hi. As usual, I'm not really sure on which continent I'll be, on that Saturday but fingers crossed I'll be there. Apologies in advance for not reading the book (there's zero to nil change of finding the time) so I'll just shut up and listen.

    June 2

    • DLJ

      I'm not sure how to take that. Funny: peculiar, or funny: haha!?

      June 3

    • Aloysius

      haha both DLJ!

      June 4

  • Aloysius

    Hi to all who is going for this, and is still planning to. Please buy or borrow the book to read. Here is a description of the book:

    You may be able to get it at good (big) bookstores or buy it online. If you need help with getting a copy let me know. Book depository and Better World Books have free shipping.

    May 9

    • Mark

      According to the catalogue the central library has a copy of "Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings" which I think contains the whole text of Existentialism is a Humanism. (The library branches also have a couple of copies of Being & Nothingness, if anyone's interested in peering into his great big massive book. His novels and short stories apparently convey some of his ideas, in more popular literary form. Nausea's a great read if you're into philosophical novels.)

      May 14

    • Anthony T.

      Read No Exit. It introduces Sartre's ideas on Bad Faith.

      May 18

  • Mark

    May 9

    • Mark

      ...though the book Aloysius linked to would probably have a better translation and a lot of good extra material explaining the ideas and putting the work into context.

      May 10

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