Being and Nothingness
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"Being and Nothingness" Summary

By Jean-Paul Sartre

philosophy | 688 pages | Published in NaN

Being & Nothingness is without doubt one of the most significant philosophical books of the 20th century. The central work by one of the century's most influential thinkers, it altered the course of western philosophy. Its revolutionary approach challenged all previous assumptions about the individual's relationship with the world. Known as 'the Bible of existentialism', its impact on culture & literature was immediate & was felt worldwide, from the absurdist drama of Samuel Beckett to the soul-searching cries of the Beat poets.Being & Nothingness is one of those rare books whose influence has affected the mindset of subsequent generations. Seventy years after its 1st publication, its message remains as potent as ever--challenging readers to confront the fundamental dilemmas of human freedom, choice, responsibility & action.


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A philosophical exploration of existentialism and the concept of freedom.

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Being and Nothingness FAQ

  1. What is the main theme of 'Being and Nothingness'?

    The main theme of 'Being and Nothingness' is existentialism, exploring the nature of human existence, freedom, and consciousness.

  2. Who is the author of 'Being and Nothingness'?

    The author of 'Being and Nothingness' is Jean-Paul Sartre, a prominent philosopher and existentialist.

  3. Is 'Being and Nothingness' a difficult book to understand?

    Yes, 'Being and Nothingness' is known for its complex and dense philosophical concepts, so it may be challenging for some readers.

  4. What are some key concepts discussed in 'Being and Nothingness'?

    Some key concepts discussed in 'Being and Nothingness' include bad faith, existential angst, freedom, and the nature of consciousness.

  5. Is 'Being and Nothingness' suitable for beginners in philosophy?

    It can be quite challenging for beginners due to its dense philosophical content. It's often recommended to have some background in existentialism and philosophy before reading this book.