Sartre 's Philosophy On Human Existence Essay

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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was an author, playwright, teacher, political activist and brilliant twentieth century philosopher. His ideas first became wide spread in the 1960’s, when he became one of the first philosophers to official adopt the official title of existentialism. His philosophy still carries merit today and humanity as a whole can benefit from his wisdom on human existence.
To understand Sartre we must first know a little about his biography. Sartre was born June 21, 1905 in Paris, France. His father was a naval officer that died when he was just fifteen months old and he subsequently raised by his mother and his grandparents. His grandfather was responsible for his education, and introduced him to classical literature at a very young age leading him to be very gifted as a boy. He had a strabismus from a childhood disease that caused one eye to be blind and look outward, and he was very short¬¬, reaching only 5’2” as an adult. He characteristically wore thick rimmed glasses and consequently, was incredibly self-conscious; he frequently referred to himself as, “Ugly.” He had a tough time making friends until he was 19, when he began attending a prestigious school, the École Normale Supérieure where he was finally happy. He enjoyed the regimented all male academy where he made many like-minded intellectual friends and ultimately earned a doctorate in philosophy. In his last year at École Normale Supérieure, he met his lifelong companion, Simone de…

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