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Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980) was a French writer and philosopher who is one of the leading figures in 20th-century existentialism. He imagines men as lonely creatures in a meaningless world. He emphasizes the importance of choice and responsibility. Sartre's influences include many of the German philosophers, especially Heidegger, of whom he was a student. He also had a close relationship with femenist writer Simone de Beauvoir.

Sartre was offered various awards, including the Légion d'honneur and a Nobel Prize, both of which he declined.


Name: Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre
Born: June 21, 1905, Paris
Died: April 15, 1980, Paris
Degrees: Ph.D. Philosophy (Paris)