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ISBN-13: 978-0826461841 ISBN-10: 0826461840 Edition: 0th

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826461840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826461841
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"The New Sartre presents an entirely convincing and fresh reading of Sartre's relationship to structuralism, post-structuralism and postmodernism....A genuinely illuminating interpretation of Sartre as formative of (rather than opposed to) contemporary French theory and philosophy."—Christina Howells, University of Oxford

“This valuable book examines the cultural and theoretical views that define the postmodern condition, as Francois Lyotard dubbed it some thirty years ago, and asks whether these are present in Sartre. The ground has to a large extent been covered before, but never so thoroughly.” –L’Esprit Createur, XLIV.iv, Winter 2004

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Nik Farrell Fox has taught Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Luca Graziuso and Marina Ross on July 23, 2008
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Jean-Paul Sartre was the undisputed giant of philosophy throughout the sixties and seventies. His relationship to poststructuralists has been widely discussed in reference to the political upheavals which led to '68 and the reforms borne thereof. However, since the absorption of existentialist tenets and the eclipsing of its philosophical mood we've come to reassess Sartre as an intellectual of a bygone era. Many a time there have been revival attempts in his regard, none of which have had much success or pertinence, save, perhaps, Fredric Jameson's use of his attitude towards a materialist subject culturally bound to a being of facticity. Finally, here comes an assessment that defines the French philosophe within the postmodern realm. Nik Farrell Fox aptly analyzes Sartre's entire oeuvre, from the thirties to the seventies, with particular emphasis on "Being and Nothingness" and "The Critique of Dialectical Reason". The author does not stretch Sartre's philosophical ingenuity nor does he undermine the political circumscription by hindsight awarded him. So the question posed, treated, and deconstructed by Fox is "What is Sartre's place, relevance, and influence within Postmodernism?" As a sociologist the interpretation is intellectually acute, theoretically outstanding, and rhetorically compelling. His emphasis on Sartre's analytical reasoning, dialectical circularity between praxis and inertia through a Marxist visual, and the Hegelian thrust inherited by existentialism proves to be a vindication for a thinker who we have laid aside prematurely. The irony, a postmodern trademark indeed, is that amid the differences and similarities between two French philosophical schools of thought, Fox finds the more recent one lagging in terms of political engagement.Read more ›
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