This page features a collection of the best resources on Sartre. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want an academic overview of Sartre:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Jean-Paul Sartre. However, you should keep in mind that the SEP is often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 7400 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces Sartre:
“Sartre (1905–1980) is arguably the best known philosopher of the twentieth century. His indefatigable pursuit of philosophical reflection, literary creativity and, in the second half of his life, active political commitment gained him worldwide renown, if not admiration. He is commonly considered the father of Existentialist philosophy, whose writings set the tone for intellectual life in the decade immediately following the Second World War….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
- Read Nigel Warburton’s article: A student’s guide to Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism and Humanism [3700 words]
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
- Watch Rick Roderick’s lecture on Sartre [40 mins]
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
- Listen to Sebastian Gardner discuss Jean-Paul Sartre on Bad faith on the Philosophy Bites podcast [15 mins]
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the best books on or by Jean-Paul Sartre.
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