This article examines the main references to the Death of God in Sartre’s work (in ‘Un nouveau mystique’, Cahiers pour une morale, Le Diable et le bon Dieu, and Mallarmé : la lucidité et sa face d’ombre), and examines how his use of the term reveals his understanding of the development and progress of atheism in the modern world, contextualises his belief in the purity and correctness of his own version of atheism, and illustrates the persistence of his focus on God in his writing.
John H. Gillespie is Professor of French Language and Literature (Emeritus) at Ulster University and Secretary of the UK Sartre Society. His research interests focus on Sartre, Camus and Existentialism and the interactions between literature, philosophy, theology and belief in their writings and in twentieth-century literature as a whole. He has published widely: on Sartre, Gide, Camus, Beckett and Applied Linguistics. In addition to his involvement in the development of Language Policy and Strategy, he has recently published, with Piotr Blumczynski, a co-edited book, Translating Values (Palgrave, 2016), on the importance of evaluative concepts in translation.