Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre

Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre, born on June 21, 1905 in Paris, was a philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. Sartre won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964 but refused it, saying that "a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution."

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from The School of Life

Key Facts In This Video

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    Jean-Paul Sartre has a strabismus (a wandering eye), distinctive, heavy glasses, and stood at 5'0". (0:29)

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    Jean-Paul Sartre is famous for his book "Being and Nothingness," which enhanced his reputation because of its difficulty to comprehend. (0:41)

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    Jean-Paul Sartre believed in the anguish of existence; believing that everything is possible because nothing has God-given sense or purpose. (3:06)

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