Existentialism Is a Humanism
Jean-Paul Sartre; Introduction by Annie Cohen-Solal; Preface and Notes by Arlette Elkaïm-Sartre
July 24, 2007
128 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
The idea of freedom occupies the center of Sartre’s doctrine. Man, born into an empty, godless universe, is nothing to begin with. He creates his essence—his self, his being—through the choices he freely makes (“existence precedes essence”). Were it not for the contingency of his death, he would never end. Choosing to be this or that is to affirm the value of what we choose. In choosing, therefore, we commit not only ourselves but all of mankind.
“Like no one else, [Sartre] sought to understand exactly what it means to be responsible.”—Ronald Aronson, International Herald Tribune