Jean-Paul Sartre: Mind and Body, Word and Deed celebrates Sartre's polyvalence with an examination of Sartrean philosophy, literature, and politics. In four distinct yet related sections, twelve scholars from three continents examine Sartre's thought, writing and action over his long career. Sartre and the Body reappraises Sartre's work in dialogue with other philosophers past and present, including Maine de Biran, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Didier Anzieu. Sartre and Time offers a first-hand account by Michel Contat of Sartre and Beauvoir working together, and a philosophy in practice analysis by Francois Noudelmann. Ideology and Politics uses Sartrean notions of commitment and engagement to address modern and contemporary politics, including insights into Castro, De Gaulle, Sarkozy and Obama. Finally, an important but neglected episode of Sartre's life-the visit that he and Beauvoir made to Japan in 1966-is narrated with verve and humour by Professor Suzuki Michihiko, who first met Sartre during that visit and remained in touch subsequently. Taken together, these twelve chapters make a strong case for the continued relevance of Sartre today.
About the Author: Jean-Pierre Boule is Professor of Contemporary French Studies at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, and the author of a number of books, notably on Sartre, including Sartre mediatique (1992) and Sartre, Self-Formation and Masculinities (2005). He is the co-founder of the UK Sartre Society and executive editor of Sartre Studies International. A volume entitled Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective, co-edited with Enda McCaffrey, is published in 2011. He is preparing with Ursula Tidd a companion volume, Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective (2013).Benedict O'Donohoe is Head of Modern Languages at the University of Sussex in the UK. He has spoken and published widely on Sartre and Camus. He is the author of Sartre's Theatre: Acts for Life (Peter Lang, 2005), editor of Jean-Paul Sartre, Les Jeux sont faits (Routledge, 1990), and co-editor of Sartre's Second Century (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). He has also published more than a score of essays in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the UK and the USA. He is a former Secretary and President of the UK Sartre Society and is currently UK Reviews Editor of Sartre Studies International.