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The intellectual enterprise : Sartre and Les temps modernes /
Anna Boschetti ; translated by Richard C. McCleary.
Evanston, IL : Northwestern University Press, 1988.
279 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0810107554 : 0810107562 (pbk.) :
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Evanston, IL : Northwestern University Press, 1988.
0810107554 : 0810107562 (pbk.) :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-271) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-09:
For 15 years after the Liberation, Sartre was the leader of French intellectual life: the successor to Gide in literature and Bergson in philosophy. This book examines the versatility of Sartre's writings from Being and Nothingness, Nausea, and The Flies through The Words and The Family Idiot. But mainly, it examines Sartre's journal Les Temps Modernes, its existential philosophy, Marxist ties, and the Sartrean goal of a synthesis of literature, philosophy, and the sciences. The study both clarifies and obscures the dilemma of many critics and teachers: the gulf between Sartre's earlier emphasis on the subjective freedom and despair of individual choice and his later commitment to social systems and political anarchy. The positions of the free, pure philosopher and the political activist remain clearly but strangely at odds. There is a careful analysis of writers and rivalries within Les Temps Modernes and its postwar competitors. As Sartre's journal declined in influence, so did the aura of its editor as political sage and prophet. This fine translation from the French version of the original Italian will interest students of Sartre, existentialism, and the political-social climate of the postwar years. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate. J. C. McLaren University of Delaware
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