In Praise of Sarah Richmond's Translation of L'Être et le néant

in Sartre Studies International
Matthew C. Eshleman University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA

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This article surveys most of the recent reviews of Sarah Richmond's excellent new translation of L'Être et le néant. It offers some close textual comparisons between Richmond's translation, Hazel Barnes’ translation, and the Checklist of Errors of Hazel Barnes’ Translation of L'Être et le néant. This article concludes that Richmond delivers a higher semantic resolution translation that overcomes nearly all the liabilities found in Barnes and does so without sacrificing much by way of readability.

Contributor Notes

Matthew C. Eshleman is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He recently edited The Sartrean Mind (Routledge, 2020) along with Connie Mui. He is currently writing a monograph on Being and Nothingness under contract with Routledge.

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