‘All these questions, which refer us to a pure and not a necessary
reflection, can find their reply only on the ethical plane. We shall
devote to them a future work.’ There are few more (in-)famous ‘last
words’ than those with which Sartre concluded Being and Nothingness
in 1943. The ‘ethical question’ continued to preoccupy Sartre, in
one form or another, for the rest of his life, and has recently become
a renewed focus for critical enquiry on the part of Sartrologues, with
the publication in 1991 of L’Espoir maintenant and its subsequent
translation into English.
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