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19 November 1999
Philosophy; Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
Sartre's powerful political passions were united to a memorable literary gift, placing him foremost among the novelists, as well as the philosophers, of our time. This study analyses and evaluates the different strands of Sartre's rich and complex work. Combining the objectivity of the scholar with a profound interest in contemporary problems, Iris Murdoch discusses the tradition of philosophical, political and aesthetic thought that gives historical authenticity to Satre's achievement, while showing the ambiguities and dangers inherent in his position. SATRE begins with a critical analysis of Satre's novels and his ideas of freedom, consciousness and language, and ends with an appraisal of la literature engagee.
By:   Iris Murdoch
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   117g
ISBN:   9780099273721
ISBN 10:   0099273721
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   19 November 1999
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St Anne's college. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999.

Reviews for Sartre

Few write as well about philosophy as acclaimed novelist (The Severed Head, etc.) and retired Oxford U. philosophy don Murdoch. Thus this explication of Sartre's thought via the wisely chosen avenue of his fiction proves both penetrative and unusually accessible. Tree, existentialism's and Sartre's stars have fallen precipitously since the initial 1963 publication of this concise - and, given hindsight, overly laudatory - study; but those still interested in this most urban of philosophers will here find a splendid and concrete introduction to his work. (Kirkus Reviews)

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