Dominick LaCapra's A Preface to Sartre PDF

By Dominick LaCapra

ISBN-10: 0801411750

ISBN-13: 9780801411755

ISBN-10: 0801494486

ISBN-13: 9780801494482

Perhaps the major Western highbrow of his time, Jean-Paul Sartre has written hugely influential works in a various variety of topic parts: philosophy, literature, biography, autobiography, and the speculation of background. The concise and lucidly-written A Preface to Sartre discusses the French philosopher's contributions in all of those fields.

Making ingenious use of the insights of a few of an important modern French thinkers (notably Jacques Derrida), Dominick LaCapra seeks to result in an lively disagreement among Sartre and his critics in phrases that go beyond the competition among existentialism and structuralism. Referring anyplace applicable to special occasions in Sartre's existence, he illuminates such tough works as Being and Nothingness and the Critique of Dialectical Reason, and areas Sartre when it comes to the traditions that he has explicitly rejected. LaCapra additionally deals shut and delicate interpretations of Nausea, of the autobiography, The Words, and of Sartre's biographical stories of Baudelaire, Genet, and Flaubert.

"I envision highbrow history," writes laCapra, "as a serious, proficient, and stimulating dialog with the prior in the course of the medium of the texts of significant thinkers. Who else in our contemporary previous is a extra interesting interlocutor than Sartre?"

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