This book, first published in 1987, is a study of the development of Sartre's political thought from the late 1920s to the liberation of France in 1944, concentrating particularly upon his concept of freedom. It is argued that the evolution of Sartre's thinking can be regarded as constituting a series of problematics each of which has a corresponding notion of freedom, and these problematics are elucidated in turn.
Part 1. Anarchic Freedom 1927-1937 1. Sartre's Development to 1937 2. Sartre's Early Works 3. Freedom in the Early Works Part 2. Magical Freedom 1934-1942 4. Phenomenology and Magic 5. The Concept of Freedom in Being and Nothingness 6. Being and Nothingness: Social and Political Implications Part 3. Committed Freedom 1938-1945 7. From Magic to Commitment 8. Committed Literature 9. Literature and Politics 10. Towards a New Concept of Freedom 11. Conclusion
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