Joseph S. Catalano’s most recent book on Sartre, Good Faith and
Other Essays,1 is an important work. The fact that Part Two of this
book – amounting to just over half of its extent – consists of essays
that have appeared previously in journals does not undermine its
significance and worthiness. For, viewed together, the essays in this
part represent both some needed contemporary refinements of
Sartre’s tantalising concept of bad faith and pioneering philosophical
explorations of Sartre’s notions of good faith and authenticity.
Ready access to them under a single cover increases the chance of
their being read, and serves Sartrean scholarship. As background
material, they here supplement Part One, Catalano’s brand new,
masterfully honed, ‘A Sketch of a Sartrean Ethics’, which is ‘must’
reading for anyone pursuing the implications of an ‘integral’ Sartre
for an ‘integral humanity’.