The Work of Sartre

Search for Freedom and the Challenge of History

Istvan Meszaros


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2013

380 pages

Price INR 325
Book Club Price INR 244

This landmark book, first published in 1979, met acclaim as a doubly important work of radical philosophy its subject, jean-paul sartre, was among the twentieth centurys most controversial and influential philosophers; its author, istván mészáros, was himself establishing a reputation for profound contributions to the marxian tradition, which would continue into the next century the work of sartre was thus considered essential for its insights on sartre and as a piece of mészáross developing politico-philosophical project in this completely updated and expanded volume, mészáros examines the manifold aspects of sartres legacy-as novelist, playwright, philosopher, and political actor-and in so doing casts light upon the entire oeuvre, situating it within the historical and social context of sartres time although critical of aspects of sartres philosophy, mészáros celebrates his unyielding commitment to the struggle against the power of capital, and elucidates what this means for the individual in their search for freedom

Istvan Meszaros

István Mészáros (19 December 1930 - 1 October 2017), one of the foremost Marxist intellectuals of our time, left his native Hungary after the Soviet invasion of 1956. He was professor emeritus at the University of Sussex, where he held the chair of philosophy for fifteen years. Mészáros is the author of The Structural Crisis of CapitalThe Challenge and Burden of Historical TimeBeyond Capital: Toward a Theory of Transition, and Marx's Theory of Alienation, among other books.