Jean-Paul Sartre was acclaimed by the people of France in ways normally reserved for rock stars in other countries. When he died in 1980, fifty thousand people lined the streets of Paris to watch his coffin go by. What did he do to merit such respect and attention? Sartre's philosophy may not always be easy, but he did not simply write for the sake of academic and professional philosophers. Sartre developed a philosophy designed to transcend academia and help people live according to authentic, freely chosen values. By aiming some of works at people with little or no philosophical education as well as using novels and plays, he ensured that his philosophy reached the widest possible audience.
Book of the Week: Sartre, by Neil Levy