L8_SartreIntro - PHI 310 Lecture 8: Jean-Paul Sartre...

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PHI 310 Lecture 8: Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980). Brief Biography Born on June 21, 1905 in Paris as a son of Jean-Baptiste Sartre, a young naval officer, and Anne Marie Schweitzer, daughter of Charles Schweitzer and cousin of the famous medical missionary Albert Schweitzer. His father died (of fevers of Cochin-China) when he was a year old. Lived with his grandfather, Charles Schweitzer, from 1906 to 1911 in Meudon. A typical bourgeois, Charles was a strict disciplinarian. This very artificial condition made Sartre indulge in play-acting. In addition, he immersed himself in reading and writing. In 1913 he was enrolled at Lycee Montaigne. Although indulged in reading and writing in his early years, Sartre was "a child prodigy who was not a good speller." In 1917, his mother was remarried to Joseph Mancy, an engineer who was later assigned as head of the naval yards in La Rochelle. Soon after the marriage, the family moved to the rural town of La Rochelle. Sartre was never happy when he was at the Lycee of La Rochelle. What he said in his autobiography captures the loneliness of his growing up days: "I grew older in the darkness; I became a lonely adult, without father and mother, without home or hearth, almost without a name." In 1924 he took up his higher studies at the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure. There he had for his classmates Simone Weil, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean Hippolyte, and
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2010 for the course PHI 310 taught by Professor Bykova during the Spring '10 term at N.C. State.

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