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Jean-Paul Sartre

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Narrated by: Charlton Heston
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy

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Jean-Paul Sartre, a French philosopher, is perhaps the best known advocate of existentialism. In this view, no external authority gives life meaning: mankind is radically free and responsible. In every moment we choose ourselves, with no assurance that we have a continuing identity or power. We set up determinisms to ease our minds, but in the face of the finality of death, only through our present consciousness do we establish our own authentic existence. Sartre's existentialism faces the evil in human existence and sees that humans are responsible for it.

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  • 23-07-2020

So far the best non-Starte explanation of Sartre.

I listened to "The Great Minds of the Wester Intellectual Tradition" by The Great Courses. I was intrigued by many of the minds, including Sartre.

I listened to TGC lectures on Existentialism but found them too academic. I listened to some YouTube lectures too. But I always felt a distance between the implications of what he was trying to say and what I was being taught.

This felt like I was giving Sartre a fair listen. I finally "got" what he meant by "Being in itself", Being for others" and especially "Bad Faith". I can USE this. I can agree and disagree. I can incorporate it into my model of reality. Not just talk about Sartre, which I don't care about.

This philosophy has profound implications about how to live, should you really want to hear them.

If I were starting over, learning about Sartre, I'd start here.

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  • Gambit
  • 25-02-2017

Very good

It helped me a lot to understand Sartre and what was behind his writings. Great to listen to

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  • Julia
  • 05-01-2011

Bad, bad, narration

What a shame. I would have been really interested in this audiobook, but having listened to the audio sample it is too unpalatable for my taste. What accent is Sartre supposed to have? Italian? He was FRENCH. If you're going to do an accent for god's sake get the right nationality or better still, a narrator with the correct accent!
And Charleton Heston?! No, no, no. Aside from his terrible pronunciation of 'Sartre', this kind of actor is totally wrong for this subject matter.
A missed opportunity by the publisher - I hope another version is made with a more sensible choice of voice actors.

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  • David
  • 01-09-2014

A nice quick run-through

Not a great deal of depth but a nice introductory guide to Sartre. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.