Jean-Paul Sartre and Existentialism
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For a fast and highly visual overview of Sartre's thinking, watch BBC Radio 4's video John Paul Sartre and the Existential Choice, narrated by Stephen Fry. Jean-Paul Sartre's most famous books include Nausea and Being and Nothingness. He is also noted in the writings of prominent philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, with whom he famously had an open relationship. Their "soul marriage" (as one New Yorker article described it) is a powerful testament to the value of collaboration and conversation in refining and developing big ideas.
Sartre saw capitalism as a "giant machine...to create a sense of necessity that doesn't exist in reality," a machine that enables the denial of freedom and the possibilities of living in other ways. What do you think about this assertion? How might you live your life differently if money were not a factor?
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