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Jean-Paul Sartre
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In this provocative philosophical analysis, Sartre refutes the idea that existentialism drains meaning from human life, by claiming that the philosophy instead gives man total freedom to achieve his own significance
Sartre’s Existentialism and Human Emotions is a stirring defense of existentialist thought, which argues that “existence precedes essence.” While attacks on exi...more
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Published January 17th 2012 by Philosophical Library/Open Road (first published 1957)
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William Strasse
The short verdict: like panning for gold. I finally made myself read this front to back (I'd previously skipped around it a couple times.) Sartre is tiresome for several reasons to me. It is mostly that he just takes himself so seriously that you have to laugh at times, especially when he starts using terms like the being-in-itself-for-itself-of-itself. At one point, I thought "Jean-Paul, if you say 'a priori' one more time..." Of course, he used it about 100 more times after that. When I got to...more
Eric Gold
An excellent primer by the father of Existentialist philosophy. Sartre's concept is at the same time simple and radical: man is fully responsible for what happens in the world. No excuses. No cover. No "out." If it happens: we make it happen. On the one hand, it's extraordinarily empowering. We are moral artisans, painting actions on the world's canvas. Yet the existentialist is overwhelmed by anguish (that everything I do essentially sets a standard, since none exist apriori) and despair (that...more
Seriously? Can I even start a review like that? Anyway, the overall theme of the book was good, and in a lot of respects it does do a good job of defining and analyzing human emotions through existentialist thought. However, let's be honest... The way this book is written, and the examples used throughout are trashy. I think that Sartre is very good, extremely good, but I also think that this collection of recyclables is really low quality. I picture Camus and Sartre having a conversation simila...more
Aug 10, 2014 Reid rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only if you don't have Wikipedia
This review is purposely in bad faith. I am two sheets to the wind, and that's my excuse, but zhawn paul says there are no excuses. When I was in college this philosophy seemed important, and it still does to a degree, but will it last? Doesn't it kind of just state the obvious? But it might overstate it. Aren't there extenuating circumstances and good reasons that we're all not ubermen? So we're all responsible for ourselves, fine, but what's the consequence? Did he believe we'd all change our...more
Bob Nichols
Sartre argues that we create our essence. In a way, this is not quite accurate as a description of Sartre's philosophy as outlined in this short book. Our essence is our freedom to choose who we will become (we are always in the process of 'becoming'). We are not determined by an in-born nature (passions; emotions). This for Sartre is a radical freedom. Taking responsibility for our lives, with no excuses, is not for the faint hearted. From this conceptualization, Sartre writes that when we choo...more
Jack Lindgren
Although I don't entirely agree with his philosophy the main section of this book (which is, I believe, the text of a speech he gave) illustrated Sartre's though in an easily digestible way. The later sections, which are excerpts from the massive Being and Nothingness are almost totally incomprehensible (probably in part because they're taken out of context, but probably also because they're from a massive philosophical tome instead of a speech). Um, but yes, I'm not really qualified to judge th...more
Michael Roop
This one is a goodin. Jean-Paul Sartre is one of the greatest free thinkers in modern history. I didn't care much for philosophy until I became curious about it from watching the Big Lebowski. When he said it must be hard being a nihilist, i wondered what that was. Unsure I hit up the book store looking for answers. Though I didn't find dude related help I did find this. Sartre was top of the list at the book store.
This book is a quick enthralling read. For like minded individuals this book wil...more
The chapters "Existentialism" and "Freedom and Responsibility" are a warmly written, natural link between Kierkegaard and Watts.

Short "Desire to Be God" chapters are...meh.

Everything past that is irredeemable garbage. This is a 5-star book, with one small condition: Find the page with the chapter title "Existentialist Psychoanalysis", locate a pair of scissors, and cut it out, along with every page after it. Then you will have a book worth cherishing, and reading over and over again. Don't read...more
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Lacin Tutalar
This one took me almost a year to finish. I bought it second-hand at a time I was trying to catch every title on emotion for my research causes-a hopeless cause, because things do not work that way-. I started the first couple of pages, and then it was raining heavily one day, the book soaked wet in my bag and it took a few months to dry. Then I moved, and decided to take the book with me. Maybe a feeling of guilt. In my new home,one day I was spending time thinking about free people, and affect...more
Roof Beam Reader
I can't write a long review on this one, because I just don't feel up to it. I'm not a philosopher but, that being said, Sartre (and the translator) certainly made existentialism, to an extent, accessible to me as someone rather unfamiliar with the concepts. I appreciated a lot of what Sartre says about creating one's self and always being one's self "in production," as it were. "The Hole," however, was pretty absurd. That man lives to fill himself (and that man seeks out woman because she is, e...more
Like a lot of pretentious high schoolers, I picked up a copy of Being and Nothingness, enchanted by the title, and barely understood a word. Since then, I've read a lot of philosophy books, and with the exception of some Eastern pieces (well, mostly takes on Eastern pieces), concluded that philosophy is generally a bunch of crap. I want to like it, I really do, but so much of it seems like nonsense to me. I've tried hard, reading original works as well as great summaries of original works (like...more
If Sartre wanted to endear himself to the masses, he did himself no favors with the cover to Existentialism and Human Emotions, with his pipe-puffing professoriality conveying enough know-it-allness to give most anyone not assigned to read it a hearty guffaw. Which is a shame really, as this 96-page essay serves as an excellent primer for anyone who thinks of existentialism as a ponderous, do-nothing philosophy (If all I am to do is exist, why do anything else?), defining the terms, fielding com...more
Keith Michael
i used to think this guy was so smart. i deified him, to be honest. but this book was just a few interesting thoughts in a sea of bland and desperate navel-gazing. the self-importance of this entire project is staggering. according to Sartre, "Existentialism and Human Emotions" exists because a few people (Christians, Marxists and the common people?) have misinterpreted his philosophy, and so he writes to tell them why they're wrong? who gives a shit? the first portion of the book is written in...more
Wolfgang Price
I had some serious problems with this book, which I feel the need to address. The first is that it is a collection of writings from two other books, "Existentialism" and "Being and Nothingness". The section taken from "Existentialism" is presented under the same name, and has some wonderful points to say about the subject, although it is far too brief, but since it is an except, what can one expect but for brevity?

The other sections, taken from "Being and Nothingness" are much harder to get thro...more
Sep 27, 2011 Kristen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philosophy Nutjobs like Me :)
Recommended to Kristen by: Rob Clow
This is another of my Master's degree books. I'd imagine it would only be enjoyable to a fairly limited demographic. And it gets boring, as these tend to, at about the halfway point.

4/2011: Notes/Reflections

Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions

I could quote pages out of this book. I’m just constantly like yes - YES!

I love the description of desperate quietism. I couldn’t agree more, as that is often how I feel. I absolutely see myself as an isolated being the majority of the time. And that’...more
Gary Patella
Some parts I found very interesting, while other part were extremely convoluted. His take on existential psychoanalysis was intriguing, and seemed to revolve around introspection. The last chapter almost seemed like nonsense to me. Fortunately, the entire book is fairly short. This means that all parts, including the ones where Sartre's philosophy seems closer to the rhetoric of Socrates than existentialism, are quickly over.
Elizabeth Merchant
This was pretty accessible in terms of existentialist philosophy. I definitely got lost a number of times, but it was not an exhausting or frustrating read. The first half convincingly addresses misconceptions about existentialism, and the second explains the difference between Jungian and existentialist psychoanalysis.
For someone who wants a readable introduction to Existentialism, this is the book to read. Sartre wrote it as a response to the criticism he had received after "Being and Nothingness," his treatise. In "Human Emotions," he lays out all the straw men and red herrings that had arrived in the attack on Existentialism, and he soundly defeats them with a tightly written essay. Existentialism is not a reason to give up on life; it is a way to find meaning in an otherwise meaningless world. It is not a...more
The subject of existentialism can be daunting, and the vague information and interpretations that are prevalent may influence one's decision toward avoiding it altogether. For anyone who has even the slightest curiosity, or for anyone who has some knowledge on this subject but feels there are gaps left to be filled regarding even a general understanding, Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism and Human Emotions offers a clear, concise definition of the word itself, but a detailed explanation of the i...more
Alice Urchin
Hard to get through. I thought that the first half was pretty good—it went over a lot of misconceptions about existentialism, which I found interesting—but the second half wasn't constructed as well and felt somewhat convoluted. I'd probably have to reread it a few times to get a lot out of it. All in all, I like Sartre and find him interesting, though.
Gregory Verrilli
"A freedom which wills itself freedom is in fact a being-which-is-not-what-it-is and which-is-what-it-is-not, and which chooses as the ideal of being, being-what-it-is-not and not-being-what-it-is."
Chris Comis
Don't remember much about it. It's that good! Sartre had some interesting insights into the nature of human emotion, given his atheistic existentialism. Interesting in the sense that it makes me that much more thankful that I'm not an atheist, nor an unbelieving existentialist.

It's also quite humorous seeing Sartre try and account for human emotion given his presuppositions. He sees where his existentialist horses are taking him; but he doesn't like heading towards the cliff at break-neck speed,...more
Laurène Poret
The french title is way better. I really like Sartre's and I think this is is greatest work, along with a really important ideal for this whole period of time.
"Existentialism's first move is to make every man aware of what he is and to make the full responsibility of his existence rest on him." When Sartre says "man" he has a general definition not individualistic. It makes it somewhat hard to read since we are used to the word "man" referring to an individual. He also switches between it meaning all mankind and just a man, which makes you have to be on your toes while reading. ;) The anguish of deciding for all of humankind what is the way to live, d...more
Mark Girasol
I find the absoluteness of this concept quite hard to agree on. It doesn't want to share with determinism the explanations of how humans become. Of course partly, we are responsible for what becomes of us because if we are not, there's nobody else that must be, but we also have to understand that there are certain predispositions in our beings. I believe that human nature is not good; it is not bad either, but there is no human nature. This concept resenting the generalization of humans coming f...more
The first half is a great summation of Sartre's existentialist philosophy, and the short bit called The Desire to be God was powerful, but the last half of the book Sartre gets caught up in his own head imagining an existentialist psychoanalysis.
For the first 59 pages of this book, I was entranced. It was my first experience with existentialism, and I was fascinated. Jean-Paul Sarte's main reason for writing this text was to explain existentialism, and I felt it made a lot of sense and I wanted to learn more. After page 59 though Sarte begins discussing existential psychoanalysis and I had to fight to stay awake, quite literally.

If you want a good idea of what existentialism is and what their views are, I highly recommend the first 59...more
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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.

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