The Existentialist Argument

Weisberg, Harold
July 1956
New Republic;7/30/56, Vol. 135 Issue 5, p19
This article discusses the book "Being and Nothingness, an Essay on Phenomenological Ontology," by Jean-Paul Sartre. Existentialism in any form has appealed more to writers, poets and theologians in America, and even here it is more a mood than a significant intellectual movement. Being and Nothingness is written in a philosophic style which complicates and obscures more than it explains and clarifies. Sartre offers a decidedly systematic work and peoples his book with many abstract entities whose existences are very real for him. In fact he seems addicted to transforming descriptive generalizations into substantive entities.


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