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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (24 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826498922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826498922
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[This book] offers lucid and thorough explications of key Sartrean concepts and even phrases, and it contains revealing accounts of the numerous thinkers and writers who influenced Sartre...This book will open doors." - David Pugmire, Department of Philosophy, University of Southampton, UK

."..a useful and generally reliable guide for contemporary readers of Sartre's philosophy and literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level graduates through faculty/researchers; general readers." - J. A. Gauthier, CHOICE, October 2008

Mentioned in Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 January 2008

"Combining a translation manual for Sartre's idiosyncratic terminology with summaries of his central works, this book will prove a key reference work for students of his philosophy, his fiction, and his wide range of other writings." - Jonathan Webber, University of Bristol author of "The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre"

"For those seeking a clear and consise way into the labyrinthine complexity of Sartre's philosophy, Gary Cox's Sartre Dictionary will come as a welcome addition to the library of Sartre criticism... The philosophical rigour and clarity which characterize much of Cox's writing in The Sartre Dictionary will ensure its lasting value for Sartre scholars and enthusiasts alike." Sam Coombes, MLR, 2009.

"Most reference books are read for information not pleasure, their purpose being to impart information in the quickest and clearest way possible. This volume does not fit that genus. Written with an eye on readability and understanding, and with the easy style of a novelist, the author of this A-Z dictionary has woven Sartre's life and works with the threads of personal and world history, ideational analysis, and the published works and important people of his time, people to whom Sartre responded and interacted. With a short introduction, voracious bibliography, and a timeline that permits historical connection, the author places Sartre's books, ideas, and changes in view point in a historical context of people and events that lend intelligibility to the development of his thoughts...This is a volume for every Sartre student or scholar." - Joseph P. Hester, American Reference Books Annual, Vol. 40, 2009

About the Author

Gary Cox has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow.


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This book will undoubtedly prove invaluable to anyone studying Sartre, or wanting a guide to his rich corpus of philosphical and literary works, but it is also a fascinating read in its own right. As the previous reviewer has noted, its cross referencing is exemplary, and any quick consultation can easily turn into a fascinating tour not just through Sartre's thought, but also the ideas of his contemporaries and predecessors. To give one example, the entry for 'Regret' is a mini-seminar on a core existentialist concept; as well as being a skilled commentator on Sartre, Gary Cox also shows himself to be an excellent teacher. All in all this is a wonderful introduction to much that matters in twentieth century thought,as well as an indispensible guide to the work of a great thinker.
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All Sartre-readers will appreciate that now and then style tends to preside over substance in his writings, and ideas seemlessly morph into vivid imagery - and therein can become lost and confusing. The Sartre Dictionary is quite brilliant in sifting through the entirety of Sartrian philosophy, and alphabetically presenting not only terms but concepts and arguments - and all are as well cross-referenced as any book I have read.

Sartre gives his own meaning to words we would normatively claim to know: love, anger, others, bad-faith, and so on. All are neatly summarised, as are broader ideas such as inter-personal relationships, his epistemologies, ethics, and metaphysics.

I found this book immensely rewarding. It gives a flavour of most aspects of Sartrian thought in one condensed volume. It fails to encapsulate the dark and pessimistic vision with which the author is associated - only the original texts and translations will accomplish that task - but that is to overlook the dictionary's purpose; it presents a very user-friendly introduction to a fine philosopher.
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A real A-Z of Sartre that covers everything you need to know about his special terminology, works, influences and contemporaries. An excellent and comprehensive study guide that is very well cross referenced. Reveals lots of interesting connections.
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A very comprehensive A-Z guide to the world of Jean-Paul Sartre. Full of useful, interesting, accessible information. Very well cross-referenced. Made me an expert on Sartre in no time!
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