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We Have Only This Life to Live

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Philosopher, novelist, playwright, biographer, journalist, and
activist, Jean-Paul Sartre was also—and perhaps above all—a
great essayist. The essay was uniquely suited to Sartre because
of its intrinsically provisional and open-ended character. It is
the perfect form in which to dramatize the existential character
of our deepest intellectual, artistic, and political commi
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Paperback, 600 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by New York Review Books (first published May 22nd 2012)
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Glenn Russell
Mar 25, 2017 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing

“Dos Passos’s world, like Faulkner’s, Kafka’s, or Stendhal’s, is impossible because it is contradictory. But therein lies its beauty. Beauty is a veiled contradiction. I regard Dos Passos as the greatest writer of our time.” - Jean-Paul Sartre, On John Dos Passos and 1919

Thirty Jean-Paul Satre essays collected here, addressing topics ranging from a clarification of existentialism, Husserl’s phenomenology, Kierkegaard’s philosophy, the American working class, Vietnam war crimes to reflections on
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Justin Evans
An odd collection, which might be more useful for intellectual historians than readers, like me, who just wanted a bit of Sartre to read after lunch. The important essays are almost all here, but the book suffers a bit by stuffing too many into one volume. Sartre's style is often oratorical to an absurd degree, perfect for declaiming on a Parisian street corner, perhaps, but not so good for, you know, reading.

"No one has the right to say that the events in Hungary made the intervention inevitab
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the gift
not the best collection of essays by Sartre- perhaps there is a tendency towards talking about individuals, thoughts in conflict, rather than philosophies. but this works very well in long essay about Merleau-Ponty. it is heartening, romantic in some ways, to imagine intellectual contest being essential to life. this works less well, for me, in his essay on Kierkegaard, but this is because have not read him much. there are a lot of essays here, great sense of how wide-ranging were his interests, ...more
Patrick
May 28, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it
I was worried that reading Sartre for the first time in 2013 would feel stale and musty; not so. The obvious passion he feels for issues he chooses to take up keeps his essays fresh, aided by his ability to write with more of a novelist's pen than a philosopher's.

I most enjoyed his piece on THE STRANGER, in which in just three pages he was able to provide me with a better understanding of absurdism than was a full year of high school and another in college.
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May 17, 2016 Leena rated it really liked it
Though I spent almost three months reading this book yet it doesn't say anything about how wonderful it is. But quite the contrary this defines its goodness that it doesn't need to be read sequently. I love how Sartre's philosophy and good sense of writing are being combined. I love that even the topics that I didn't use to be interested in are now way more interesting to me. I love how every social issue; either universal or particular, is being discussed beautifully and in depth.
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Very Sartre
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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, normally known simply as Jean-Paul Sartre, was a French existentialist philosopher and pioneer, dramatist and screenwriter, novelist and critic. He was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy.

He declined the award of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has ex
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“Existentialism is no mournful delectation but a humanist philosophy of action, effort, combat, and solidarity. Man must create his own essence: it is in throwing himself into the world, suffering there, struggling there, that he gradually defines say what this man is before he dies, or what mankind is before it has disappeared.” 8 likes
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