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Decolonization and the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre

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Unfinished Projects by Paige Arthur
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In this major new reading of Sartre's life and work, Paige Arthur traces the relationship between the philosopher's decades-long commitment to decolonization and his intellectual positions. Where other commentators have focussed on the tensions between Sartre's Marxism and his account of existential freedom, usually to denigrate one in favor of the other, Arthur shows how Sartre's political engagement with global liberation movements and his philosophical framework developed alongside one another. Closely following the postwar movements for decolonization, and then supporting the war of independence in Algeria, Sartre proposed an influential and uncompromising view of imperialism. Analyzing the Western attitude to the 'subhuman' colonial subject, he offered an account of the social constraints that applied to both ruler and ruled, and came to argue that political violence - on both sides - was a systematic consequence of the colonial order. Arthur's rich and nuanced book locates Sartre within the political discussions of his time, whilst also looking forward to contemporary debates about new forms of imperialism and resistance.

Author Biography

PAIGE ARTHUR is Deputy Director of Research at the International Center for Transnational Justice. She has taught at both UC Berkeley and the New School University.
Release date Australia
March 1st, 2010
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Verso Books
Pages
256
Dimensions
156x235x25
ISBN-13
9781844673988
Product ID
3477882

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