Jean-Paul Sartre was a French philosopher. He become known as a great existentialist thinker alongside his lifelong friend and lover Simone de Beauvoir.
“Sartre famously believed in what he called ‘radical freedom’, which is the view that none of your character traits or values or projects, no part of your outlook carries any weight or inertia of its own: it’s only there because you continue to endorse and underwrite it, and you can just change that.” Jonathan Webber discussing classic books dealing with existentialist themes.
Tête-á-Tête is a dual biography that focuses on Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, exploring the practical application of their philosophy.
Books by Jean-Paul Sartre
Interviews where books by Jean-Paul Sartre were recommended
Existentialist philosophy isn’t about bringing despair and angst into our lives, it’s about discovering our inner freedom, explains Sarah Bakewell, the author of At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails. She recommends books to learn more about existentialism.
The author discusses books on mental illness, explaining the conditions that keep us sane and the effects of removing them. Recommendations include Sartre, Coetzee, and John Bayley on Iris Murdoch
To tell your own story is to confront and construct your deepest sense of self. The author of Lost in Translation tells us about five striking memoirs of identity, dislocation, and belonging.
The author and historian Richard Wolin explains that French people in the late 1960s were desperate for a utopian political alternative.
Which are the best books on atheism? The British philosopher Julian Baggini, author of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, chooses his top five.
As questions of identity become a focus of political debate, interest in existentialism has been booming once more. Here, the philosopher Jonathan Webber discusses five classic books dealing with existentialist themes that deserve a bigger audience.
Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny
by Kate Manne
Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life
by Edith Hall
I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche
by Sue Prideaux
Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are
by John Kaag
Being and Nothingness
by Jean-Paul Sartre & Sarah Richmond (translator)
What can Nietzsche and Aristotle teach us about how to live? Should everyone read Being and Nothingness? From a philosophical approach to misogyny to an interrogation of whether it’s morally acceptable to have a Facebook account, philosopher Nigel Warburton introduces us to the best philosophy books of 2018.