Thursday, March 20, 2014
Jean-Paul Sartre Properly Understood
The question is often posed: Why does a conservative use the nom de plume of a Communist? Embedded within this query is the need to clarify the significance, positions and actions of the most famous designate for Existentialism. Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) the French novelist, playwright, existentialist philosopher, and literary critic was always certain of his own value to society as a philosopher and writer, never avoiding an opportunity to demonstrate his superior mind. The audacity of his own worth should not be confused with pomposity of conceit. Sartre resisted fatigue, treated pain as if it were a challenge, repudiated personal vanity and took immeasurable pride in his intellect. He was an original, as Ronald Hayman said in his biography of Sartre - A Life "I've got a golden brain."
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