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Rethinking Existentialism

Jonathan Webber


Rethinking Existentialism argues that the core of existentialism is the theory that Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre described when they popularized the term in 1945: the ethical theory that we ought to treat human freedom as intrinsically valuable and the foundation of all other value. The book argues that Beauvoir and Sartre disagreed over the structure of this freedom in 1943 but that Sartre came to accept Beauvoir’s view by 1952, that Frantz Fanon’s first book should also be classified as a canonical work of existentialism, and that Beauvoir’s argument for a moral imperative of auth ... More

Keywords: existentialism, psychoanalysis, ethics, freedom, Beauvoir, Camus, Fanon, Freud, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198735908
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198735908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Webber, author
Professor of Philosophy, Cardiff University