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Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
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Jun 16, 2012

it was amazing
Read in April, 2007

If you're heading down the phenomenology path in philosophy this is a good place to start. It's much more readable and easy to understand than Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty. That being said, his ideas are not nearly as well formed. You'll be dealing with many arguments and descriptions that ultimately suffer from the same problems philosophy has been dealing with since Plato (i.e. mind/body, etc).

You'll want to graduate to Merleau-Ponty's “Phenomenology of Perception” after reading this... shit gets real in that one.

Otherwise I'd recommend you pick up Joseph Catalano's “A Commentary on Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness” to help you out as you go through it. It will help you a lot.

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