Cambridge: Bowes & Bowes, 1953. First edition of Iris Murdoch's first book, the first monograph on Sartre in English, published when she was a Fellow in Philosophy at St. Anne's College, Oxford. Murdoch's study, as the filter through which many English readers first encountered Sartre, set the tone for the English reception of French existentialism: "Sartre wishes at all costs to withdraw his man to a point at which he is independent of what seems to him the inhuman determinism of the modern world, the realm of the economist and the sociologist -- even if it means depicting him as an empty shell." Murdoch's own work over the coming decades, as both philosopher and novelist, would engage in an ongoing critical dialogue with Sartre's work. A near-fine copy. Small octavo, original red cloth lettered in gilt, top edge stained red, original unclipped dust jacket. Publisher's price sticker to front flap of jacket, hint of sunning to jacket spine. (Inventory #: 1001356)
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