Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. His influence extends beyond academic philosophy to areas as diverse as anti-colonial movements, youth culture, literary criticism, and artistic developments around the world.

Beginning with an introduction and biography of Jean-Paul Sartre by Matthew C. Eshleman, 42 chapters by a team of international contributors cover all the major aspects of Sartre’s thought in the following key areas:

  • Sartre’s philosophical and historical context
  • Sartre and phenomenology
  • Sartre, existentialism, and ontology
  • Sartre and ethics
  • Sartre and political theory
  • Aesthetics, literature, and biography
  • Sartre’s engagements with other thinkers.

The Sartrean Mind is the most comprehensive collection on Sartre published to date. It is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, as well as for those in related disciplines where Sartre’s work has continuing importance, such as literature, French studies, and politics.

chapter |7 pages


ByMatthew C. Eshleman

chapter |15 pages

A sketch of Sartre’s life

ByMatthew C. Eshleman

part Part 1|64 pages

Philosophical context

chapter 1|13 pages

French influences

ByBruce Baugh

chapter 2|14 pages

Sartre and the transcendental tradition 1

BySorin Baiasu

chapter 3|13 pages

Sartre and his German influences

ByDavid Sherman

chapter 4|11 pages

Sartre and Gestalt psychology

ByAdrian Mirvish

chapter 5|11 pages

The historical origins of Sartre’s account of temporality

ByGrégory Cormann

part Part 2|54 pages

Sartre and phenomenology

chapter 6|15 pages

Sartrean reflection

Pure and impure
ByKenneth Williford

chapter 7|13 pages

Sartre’s phenomenological psychology of imagination

ByJonathan Webber

chapter 8|12 pages

Sartre on the emotions

ByDaniel Vanello

chapter 9|12 pages

The Transcendence of the Ego

Reasoning and stakes
ByVincent de Coorebyter

part Part 3|134 pages

Sartre, existentialism, and ontology

chapter 10|15 pages

On the structure and method of Being and Nothingness

ByMatthew C. Eshleman

chapter 11|14 pages

Sartre on intentionality and pre-reflective consciousness

ByMark Rowlands

chapter 12|14 pages

Negation, nonbeing, and nothingness 1

ByChristopher Erhard

chapter 13|12 pages

Anguish and bad faith

ByLior Levy

chapter 14|14 pages

It’s about that time

Sartre’s theory of temporality
ByCurtis Sommerlatte

chapter 15|13 pages

Intersubjectivity and “the look”

ByConstance L. Mui

chapter 16|14 pages

Sartre on the body

ByKatherine Morris

chapter 17|12 pages


Being and doing
ByDavid Detmer

chapter 18|13 pages

“Existential psychoanalysis”

ByStuart Z. Charmé

chapter 19|11 pages

Ontology and metaphysics

ByChristophe Perrin, Adrian van den Hoven

part Part 4|50 pages


chapter 20|11 pages

Ethics of authenticity

ByWilliam Remley

chapter 21|12 pages

Ethics as flourishing humanity

ByGail Linsenbard

chapter 22|13 pages

Integral humanity as Goal in Sartre’s 1964 Rome Lecture 1

ByElizabeth A. Bowman, Robert V. Stone

chapter 23|12 pages

Hope Now

ByJulien S. Murphy

part Part 5|102 pages

Political theory

chapter 24|13 pages

Existential Marxism

ByRonald Aronson

chapter 25|8 pages

Search for a method

ByWilliam McBride

chapter 26|14 pages

Sartre and imperialism

ByOliver Gloag

chapter 27|14 pages

The logics of the Critique

ByMatthew C. Ally

chapter 28|11 pages

Political violence

ByMichael Fleming

chapter 29|15 pages

Recasting négritude

Jean-Paul Sartre and black intellectuals in post-war France
ByBennetta Jules-Rosette

chapter 31|14 pages


May 1968 and beyond
ByDavid Drake

part Part 6|46 pages

Aesthetics, literature, and biography

chapter 32|11 pages

Sartre’s fiction

ByCraig Vasey

chapter 33|10 pages

Sartre’s conception of theater

Theory and practice
ByAdrian van den Hoven

chapter 34|11 pages

Biography good, autobiography bad

A fundamental Sartrean paradox?
ByJohn Ireland

chapter 35|12 pages

Sartre and the arts

BySophie Astier-Vezon

part Part 7|96 pages

Engagements and extensions

chapter 36|12 pages

Sartre and Merleau-Ponty

ByFlorence Caeymaex, Grégory Cormann

chapter 37|14 pages

Posthuman horizons

Contemporary responses to Sartre’s philosophy
ByNik Farrell Fox

chapter 38|14 pages

Sartre’s influence in Black existentialism

ByLewis R. Gordon

chapter 39|13 pages

Nature as threat and escape in the philosophies of Sartre and Beauvoir

ByShannon Mussett

chapter 40|13 pages

Sartre and anarchism

ByT. Storm Heter

chapter 41|12 pages

Sartre and meta-ethics

ByPeter Poellner

chapter 42|16 pages

Sartre and contemporary philosophy of consciousness

ByManfred Frank, Gerhard Preyer