Sartre, Jean-Paul

(born on June 21, 1905 in Paris / died on April 15, 1980 à Paris)
Jean-Paul Sartre was a philosopher who defended existentialism. A strong advocate of freedom of subject (freedom in situation), represented in his famous expression “existence precedes essence”. He is the author of many books relating to philosophy, literature or theater. He developed central ideas in his work like “existence precedes essence” (unlike a tool, man exists firstly and defines his nature afterwards), bad faith, nothingness, angst , the look of others, reification (“chosification”)… He is also a figure who was well known for his advocacy for many causes.


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