Friday, May 08, 2009

Anderson, Thomas C. Review of Jonathan Webber's THE EXISTENTIALISM OF JEAN-PAUL SARTRE. NDPR (May 2009).

Webber, Jonathan. The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre. London: Routledge, 2008. On his first page Jonathan Webber informs his readers that his aim "is to present a single coherent picture of the central themes of Sartrean existentialism" (xi) presented in Being and Nothingness and published works immediately preceding and following it. He argues that Sartre's philosophy is an "elaboration of one basic idea," which is that an individual's character consists in the projects the person pursues. The author's thorough explication of Sartre's notion of character is highly original as is his use of that notion to make better sense of bad faith, good faith, sincerity and authenticity. Also, Webber's claim that a study of Sartre's notion of character can contribute significantly to contemporary discussions of ethics, especially virtue ethics, seems to this reviewer on the mark. The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre, which confronts an impressive number of the major interpreters of Sartre, is an extremely valuable scholarly contribution to that study. . . . Read the rest here:

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