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By Stephen Wang

ISBN-10: 0813215765

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Thomas Aquinas and Jean-Paul Sartre tend to be pointed out with totally different philosophical traditions: intellectualism and voluntarism. during this unique learn, Stephen Wang exhibits, in its place, that there are a few profound similarities of their figuring out of freedom and human identification. Aquinas provides way more scope than is mostly stated to the open-endedness of cause in human deliberation, and argues that we will be able to remodel ourselves in rather radical methods via our offerings. Sartre famously emphasizes the unconventional nature of selection, but in addition develops a refined account of rationality and of the authentic limits we come across on the planet and in ourselves. And in either thinkers the guts of human freedom lies in our skill to decide on the ambitions we're looking, as we look for an elusive fulfilment that lies past the confines of our temporal experience.

This vital learn will curiosity Aquinas and Sartre students, in addition to common readers looking an creation to their notion. it's going to even be important for philosophers looking clean views on questions of freedom, happiness, own id, act concept, meta-ethics, and theories of the self.

ABOUT the writer:

Stephen Wang lectures in philosophy and systematic theology at Allen corridor, London, and is vacationing lecturer in ethical philosophy at St Mary's collage collage, Twickenham.


"This provocative booklet juxtaposes philosophers mostly linked to appreciably diversified views. . . . The book's power lies in its transparent and nuanced rationalization of hugely complicated principles, demonstrating much more care by means of supplying unique language citations for key words. . . . total, this sincerely written research deals vital insights into political anthropology, motion conception, existentialism, and Thomistic studies." ― A. W. Klink, Choice

"Wang articulates with fantastic readability, precision, and subtlety the typical positive aspects of Aquinas' and Sartre's bills of the that means of human life, the method of human realizing, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness." ― Severin Kitanov, Religious reports Review

"This provocative publication juxtaposes philosophers regularly linked to substantially various views. Wang reveals components of similarity and convergence among Aquinas and Sartre of their specialise in identification and motion idea. The book's power lies in its transparent and nuanced explication of hugely complicated principles, demonstrating much more care by way of offering unique language citations for key phrases. . . . total, this truly written research deals vital insights into philosophical anthropology, motion thought, existentialism, and Thomistic stories. . . . Recommended." ― A. W. Klink, Duke University

"[A] well-written volume." ―Eileen C. Sweeney, Journal of the heritage of Philosophy

"A excellent and unique piece of labor. lower than Wang's probing exam Aquinas and Sartre become excellent commentators on each one other's paintings. not often have I obvious this kind of mix of real scholarship and interpretative aptitude, in the sort of readable prose."―Timothy McDermott, editor of Thomas Aquinas: chosen Philosophical Writings

"Stephen Wang is outstandingly well-placed to debate the exciting and unforeseen dating among Sartre's existentialism and Aquinas's obvious 'essentialism,' and to teach the typical flooring they proportion over concerns resembling accountability, freedom, or even happiness. This e-book is stimulating, essentially written, and hugely original."―Christina Howells, collage of Oxford, editor of The Cambridge better half to Sartre

"A significant contribution to the appreciation of either authors."―Thomas Flynn, Emory college, writer of Sartre, Foucault, and historic Reason

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He began this work in the summer of 1940. It was written on the floor, since Sartre was by now held in a large unfurnished room with fourteen fellow prisoners, and in 36. , 402–37. 37. , 437. 38. For Brentano’s influence on Husserl, see David Bell, Husserl (London and New York: Routledge, 1990), 3–28. 39. See the biographical works mentioned above, and especially Hayman, Writing Against: A Biography of Sartre, 148–66. We know so much about this period because of his letters to Simone de Beauvoir and his war diaries, some of which survived.

I n t r o d u c t i o n = 13 these conditions he had completed 76 pages by 12 August. He continued working furiously on the text once he returned to Paris. Imprisonment and then living under the Occupation gave a new edge and resonance to ideas about liberty that had largely been worked out before the war. Being and Nothingness was completed in October 1942 and published in the summer of 1943. It’s important to note that the text was completed in a period when Allied victory in the war was far from assured.

35 35. D. dissertation, University of Notre Dame, 1997), 10–22. 36 The Société Thomiste held a study day at Juvisy, south of Paris, on 12 September 1930, to reflect on the philosophy of Aquinas in the light of the phenomenological movement. Jacques Maritain convened the meeting and pointed to the fact that phenomenology was close to Thomism on account of its roots in Brentano. Maritain paid careful attention to Husserl in his The Degrees of Knowledge (first published in French in 1932). 38 I will go on below to discuss in more detail the direct influences that shaped Sartre’s thought.

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