Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Sartre in just one hour.
Here is a concise, expert account of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Jean-Paul Sartre’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Sartre in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
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About the author
Paul Strathern has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and now lives and writes in London. A Somerset Maugham prize winner, he is also the author of books on history and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in a great many publications including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. His own degree in philosophy was earned at Trinity College, Dublin.
An hour well spent
Attracted by the idea of understanding philosophy in just one hour of reading about Sartre, I sat down, iPhone in one hand, and glass of Sauvignon Blanc in the other. An hour later my impressions were: 1. Sartre was probably a very annoying person - seriously up himself 2. I had made the right choice to study psychology instead of philosophy 3. I knew more about the work of some philosophers than I did previously 4. Hume, my hero, was right. In sum 99p and one hour very well and enjoyably spent.