French Existentialism

Consciousness, Ethics, and Relations with Others


Editor: James Giles
This book is a critical appraisal of the distinctive modern school of thought known as French existentialism. It philosophically engages the ideas of the major French existentialists, namely, Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Marcel, Camus, and, because of his central role in the movement, especially Sartre, in a fresh attempt to elucidate their contributions to contemporary philosophy.


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Biographical Note

JAMES GILES is Acting Lecturer at the University of Copenhagen, and Tutor at Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge. He has also taught at the Hawaii College of Kansai Gaidai University, Japan, Aalborg University, and the University of Edinburgh. He is author of No Self to be Found: The Search for Personal Identity (1997), A Study in Phenomenalism (1994), A Theory of Sexual Desire (forthcoming), and editor of Kierkegaard and Freedom (forthcoming).

Table of contents

Editorial Foreword. Acknowledgements. James GILES: Introduction ONE Elizabeth MURRAY MORELLI: The Duality in Sartre's Account of Reflective Consciousness TWO Edmond WRIGHT: Merleau-Ponty and the Sensory THREE Matthew KIERAN: French Existential Ethics and the Creation of Value FOUR Terry KEEFE: The Ethical Concept of Assuming in the Existential Philosophy of Sartre and Beauvoir FIVE Margaret A. SIMONS: The Origins of Beauvoir's Existential Philosophy SIX Juliette SIMONT: Sartre's Critique of Humanism SEVEN Philip STRATTON-LAKE: Marcel, Hope, and Virtue EIGHT James GILES: Sartre, Sexual Desire, and Relations with Others NINE Thomas JONES: Useless Passions? TEN Christine MARGERRISON: Struggling with the Other: Gender and Race in the Youthful Writings of Camus About the Contributors Index