[OPE-L] Sartre - Critique of Dialectical Reason Volume 2

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Date: Tue Aug 15 2006 - 13:46:52 EDT

NEW EDITION  Critique of Dialectical Reason
  Volume Two
  Jean-Paul Sartre
  Foreword by Fredric Jameson

  `The work is a landmark in modern social thought… a turning point
in the thinking of our time.'
  - Raymond Williams, Guardian

  `The Critique is essential to any serious understanding of
Sartre.' George Steiner, Sunday Times

  `Of all the published posthumous works, Volume Two of the Critique
of Dialectical Reason most strongly shows why Sartre is alive to us
today. … Unique among this century's great writers, Sartre –
especially in his Critique II – points towards understandings and
actions which may possibly return the world to its creators and so
let there be a future.' Ronald Aronson

  Does history produce discernible meaning? Are human struggles
intelligible? These questions form the starting-point for the second
volume of Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason. Drafted in 1958
and published in France in 1985, this magisterial work first
appeared in English in 1991 and now reappears with a major new
introduction by Fredric Jameson.
  Volume II's theoretical framework is a logical extension of its
predecessor's. As in Volume I, Sartre proceeds by moving from the
simple to the complex: from individual combat (through a perceptive
study of boxing) to the struggle of subgroups within an organized
group form and, finally, to social struggle, with an extended
analysis of the Bolshevik Revolution. The book concludes with a
forceful reaffirmation of dialectical reason: of the dialectic
as `that which is truly irreducible in action'.

  AUTHOR: Jean-Paul Sartre was born in Paris in 1905 and died in
1980. In 1938 he published his first novel, Nausea, and in 1943
completed his major work in existentialist philosophy, Being and
Nothingness. A prolific novelist and playwright, biographer of Genet
and Baudelaire, and founder of the journal Les Temps Modernes,
Sartre was awarded the Novel Prize for Literature in 1964 – and
turned it down. Sartre's increasingly political work after May 1968
was balanced by a monumental study of Flaubert. Also published by
Verso are Sartre's Between Existentialism and Marxism, War Diaries,
The Freud Scenario and Volume One of the Critique of Dialectical

  • Title: Critique of Dialectical Reason, Volume Two
  • Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Publication: 3rd July 2006
  • Binding: Paperback
  • ISBN: 1 84467 077 5
  • Price: £20.99/$35/$49 CAN


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