Review by Choice Review
This volume on Sartre is another in the Cambridge series of "Companions" to great philosophers ranging from Aquinas to Wittgenstein. Sartre was prolific, and his writings cover a long period from the early 1930s up to his death in 1980. Also, his writings are extremely wide ranging. Ontology, ethics, Marxism, phenomenology, philosophy of history, aesthetics--these are some of the areas into which Sartre ventured. This work is, despite its relative brevity, quite comprehensive. Sartre's major philosophical relationships with Husserl and Heidegger are discussed, as well his encounters with Marxism and structuralism. The coverage moves for the most part chronologically, focusing on the works of the '30s and '40s and concluding with discussions of the later and posthumously published works. Contributions are from venerable Sartre scholars, most notably, Hazel Barnes, who translated Being and Nothingness into English, and Peter Caws, as well as lesser-known, younger exegetes. The book contains a helpful "Chronological Biography" as well as a short, and not particularly useful bibliography. Recommended for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. S. P. Foster; Central Michigan University
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