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Jean Paul Sartre

Jean Paul Sartre was born on 21st June,1905 in Paris and was the only child of his parents. His father was in French Navy and died of fever when Stare was two years old. His mother was first cousin of Nobel  laureate Albert Schweitzer.

  He  showed interest in philosophy even during his teens and  Henri Bergson's essay Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness seemed to have an influence over him. He did his Degree in Philosophy in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure, that was the alma mater for several prominent French thinkers and intellectuals. He was influenced by Western Philosophy  and its proponents such as Immanuel Kant, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Søren Kierkegaard, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, among others.  Alexandre Kojève's seminars had also great influence on Young Sartre who attended them with punctuality for several years.

    In 1929 he met Simone de Beauvoir, who studied at the Sorbonne and later went on to become a noted philosopher, writer, and feminist. The two were romantically attached throughout life though they were not monogamous.

  During Second World War days, Satre was a political activist and participated in resistance movements against the Germans. He also contributed articles to Combat, a magazine published by Albert Camus. But soon he lost interest in active resistance because of non-participation of fellow writers and devoted time to writing.Being and Nothingness, The Flies, and No Exit were penned during this period. None of these was censored by the Germans, and also contributed to both legal and illegal literary magazines. In Post War period, Satre became  a strong advocate of Marxism. He opposed French Rule in Algeria, joined hands with Bertrand Russel in opposing Vietnam War and became a target of Right Wing Militia.Satre had great fascination for Che Guevara, was impressed by him and  after Guevara's death,  would declare him to be "not only an intellectual but also the most complete human being of our age"

   Towards the end of his life, Satre became an anarchist and died due to merciless pace of work coupled with uninhibited drug use.

  Satre was the chief proponent of the Philosophy of Existentialism which became a major philosophical cult in later years.His original works are in French.

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