Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905–80)

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List of works

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1936a) L’Imagination, Paris: Alcan; trans. F. Williams, Imagination, a Psychological Critique, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1962.

    (A history of theories of the imagination leading up to Husserl.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1936b) ‘La Transcendance de l’ego, Esquisse d’une description phénoménologique’, Recherches Philosophiques 6; repr. in La Transcendance de l’ego, Esquisse d’une description phénoménologique, ed. S. le Bon, Paris: Vrin, 1965; trans. F. Williams and R. Kirkpatrick, The Transcendence of the Ego. An Existentialist Theory of Consciousness, New York: Noonday, 1962.

    (A phenomenological account of the ego.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1938) La Nausée, Paris: Gallimard; trans. L. Alexander, Nausea, or The Diary of Antoine Roquentin, New York: New Directions, 1949; trans. R. Baldick, Nausea, or The Diary of Antoine Roquentin, Middlesex: Penguin, 1965.

    (Novel in diary form about the discovery by Antoine Roquentin of the contingency of existence.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1939) Esquisse d’une théorie des émotions, Paris: Hermann; trans. B. Frechtman, The Emotions: Outline of a Theory, New York: Philosophical Library, 1948; trans. P. Mairet, Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions, London: Methuen, 1962.

    (Study of the psychology of the emotions.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1940) L’Imaginaire, psychologie phénoménologique de l’imagination, Paris: Gallimard; trans. B. Frechtman, The Psychology of the Imagination, New York: Philosophical Library, 1948.

    (A phenomenological study of imagination.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1943a) L’Être et le Néant. Essai d’ontologie phénoménologique, Paris: Gallimard; trans. H.E. Barnes, Being and Nothingness: An Essay of Phenomenological Ontology, New York: Philosophical Library, 1956; London: Methuen, 1957.

    (Sartre’s major philosophical work: a study of the relationship between consciousness and the world, and between consciousness and other consciousnesses.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1943b) Les Mouches, Paris: Gallimard; repr. Paris: Livres de Poche, 1971; trans. S. Gilbert, The Flies, in No Exit and Three Other Plays, New York: Vintage Books, 1949.

    (Resistance play based on the Greek myth of Orestes.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1945) Huis Clos, Paris: Gallimard; repr. Paris: Livres de Poche, 1971; trans. S. Gilbert, In Camera, in No Exit and Three Other Plays, New York: Vintage Books, 1949.

    (Drama of existence in which three people are trapped together for eternity.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1945–9) Les Chemins de la liberté (The Roads to Freedom), vol. 1, L’Âge de raison, Paris: Gallimard, 1945; trans. E. Sutton, The Age of Reason, New York: Knopf, 1947; vol. 2, Le Sursis, Paris: Gallimard, 1945; trans. E. Sutton, The Reprieve, New York: Knopf, 1947; vol. 3, La Mort dans l’âme, Paris: Gallimard, 1949; trans. G. Hopkins, Troubled Sleep, New York: Vintage Books, 1951.

    (Trilogy of novels set in Paris of the early 1940s.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1946) L’Existentialism est un humanisme, Paris: Nagel; trans. B. Frechtman, Existentialism, New York: Philosophical Library, 1947, and Citadel, 1957.

    (A lecture purporting to present existentialist philosophy as a humanism – later repudiated by Sartre as over-simple.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1948) Les Mains Sales, Paris: Gallimard; trans. L. Abel, Dirty Hands, or Crime Passionel, in No Exit and Three Other Plays, New York: Vintage Books, 1949.

    (Political play opposing realism and idealism.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1960) Critique de la raison dialectique, précedé de Questions de methode, I, Théorie des ensembles pratiques, Paris: Gallimard; repr. in new annotated edn, 1985; first essay trans. H.E. Barnes, Search for a Method, New York: Knopf, 1963; main text trans. A. Sheridan-Smith and ed. J. Rée, Critique of Dialectical Reason, London: New Left Books, 1976, and Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1976.

    (A lengthy attempt to reconcile existentialism and Marxism within a philosophy of history.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1963) Les Mots, Paris: Gallimard; trans. B. Frechtman, The Words, New York: Braziller, 1964; trans. I. Clephane, Words, London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964.

    (Sartre’s (ironic) account of his childhood.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1971–2) L’Idiot de la famille, G. Flaubert de 1821 à 1857, Paris: Gallimard; trans. C. Cosman, The Idiot of the Family, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 3 vols, 1981, 1987, 1989.

    (A three-volume existential biography of Flaubert, intended to answer the question, ‘What can we know of a man today?’)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1983a) Les Carnets de la drôle de guerre, Paris: Gallimard; trans. Q. Hoare, The War Diaries of Jean-Paul Sartre, New York: Pantheon Books, 1984.

    (Sartre’s diaries at the onset of the Second World War.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1983b) Cahiers pour une morale (Notebooks for an Ethic), Paris: Gallimard.

    (Notebooks attempting a sketch for an ethics with which Sartre was never fully satisfied.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1985) Critique de la raison dialectique, tome II (inachevé), L’Intelligibilité de l’Histoire (Critique of Dialectical Reason, vol. 2 (incomplete), The Intelligibility of History), ed. A. Elkaim-Sartre, Paris: Gallimard.

    (Volume 2 of the Critique, focusing in particular on the question of the intelligibility of history.)

  • Contat, M. and Rybalka, M. (1970) Les Ecrits de Sartre, Paris: Gallimard; trans. The Writings of Jean-Paul Sartre, Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1973.

    (A full bibliography of Sartre’s works up to 1969. Later supplements are given in the English translation, and in Obliques 18–19 (1979), ed. M. Sicard.)

References and further reading

  • Aronson, R. (1980) Jean-Paul Sartre: Philosophy in the World, London: New Left Books.

    (A lively critical account.)

  • Caws, P. (1979) Sartre, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (A clear and comprehensive study.)

  • Chiodi, P. (1976) Sartre and Marxism, trans. K. Soper, Hassocks, Sussex: Harvester, and New York: Humanities Press.

    (A lucid critical discussion of Sartre’s Critique, from a Marxist perspective.)

  • Cohen-Solal, A. (1987) Sartre: A Life, New York: Pantheon, and London: Heinemann.

    (Much the best biography of Sartre so far; well-informed and not uncritical.)

  • Danto, A. (1975) Sartre, Modern Masters, London: Fontana.

    (Short and entertaining account.)

  • Fell, J. (1965) Emotion in the Thought of Sartre, New York: Columbia University Press.

    (The best study of Sartre’s early phenomenological psychology.)

  • Fell, J. (1979) Heidegger and Sartre, New York: Columbia University Press.

    (A well-informed comparison of Sartre and Heidegger.)

  • Howells, C. (1988) Sartre: The Necessity of Freedom, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A study of both literature and philosophy.)

  • Howells, C. (1992) The Cambridge Companion to Sartre, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A stimulating collection of essays by American and European specialists.)

  • Jeanson, F. (1947) Le Problème moral et la pensée de Sartre, Paris: Seuil; trans. R. Stone, Sartre and the Problem of Morality, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1980.

    (An early discussion by a close friend of Sartre, especially good on Sartre’s early ethical theory.)

  • McCulloch, G. (1994) Using Sartre, London: Routledge.

    (An attempt to connect Sartre’s early philosophy with themes from analytical philosophy.)

  • Merleau-Ponty, M. (1945) Phénoménologie de la Perception, Paris: Gallimard; trans. C. Smith, Phenomenology of Perception, London: Routledge, 1962.

    (A major work of philosophy in its own right, part 3 contains penetrating criticisms of Being and Nothingness.)

  • Morris, P. (1976) Sartre’s Concept of a Person, Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.

    (An account of Sartre from an analytic perspective.)

  • Olafson, F. (1967) Principles and Persons, Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

    (A well-informed critical discussion of Sartre’s ethical theory.)

  • Olafson, F. (1965) The Philosophy of Sartre, London: Hutchinson, and New York: Hillary House.

    (A classic, if now out-of-date, account.)

  • Warnock, M. (1971) Sartre: A Collection of Critical Essays, New York: Anchor.

    (An early collection of essays, many of them still well worth reading.)

  • Wilcocks, R. (1988) Critical Essays on Jean-Paul Sartre, Boston: G.K. Hall.

    (An excellent collection of essays.)

Citing this article:
Howells, Christina. Bibliography. Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905–80), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD062-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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