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Jean-Paul Sartre

 Jean-Paul Sartre AM PHILOSOPHERS are by now an exhausted lot. They were not 50 even a bare couple of decades ago: a sign of the rapidly changing times, they have to make themselves scarce, of else. Jean-Paul Sartre made writers and philosophers. relevant for a while, in France and elsewhere in Europe, for a thirty-year stretch beginning with the Resistance, as did Hemingway, Auden, and the rest of their tribe in the thirties, ending with the finale of the Spanish Civil War, Sartre's has certainly been the more abiding influence, if you would still want to measure ultimate failures on a relative scale, The existential philosopher went about it with a certain breezy flamboyance. You cannot, normally, be deep as well as dazzling. Sartre's specific attribute made him. both. Ever since pre-history, philosophers, in their own manner, have kept pretending that the world is shaped in their image. With Bertrand Russell and Sartre, the pretension reached magnificent proportions. They could at least claim to have laid the foundations of a philosophical infrastructure justifying the pretension. Now that both are gone, it is the hack writer

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