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John Gillespie and Sarah Richmond

Although the articles published in this edition of Sartre Studies International were not assembled as part of a themed issue, there is every justification for suggesting that they could be grouped under the heading ‘Sartre Today’. Each of them demonstrates that Sartre’s thinking remains relevant to many of the key issues facing our contemporary world. We know that Sartre moved to a position of ‘engagement’ in the aftermath of the Second World War, and his thoughts about the issues of social and political commitment are clearly still valuable today. However, it is clear that the controversies discussed are not merely ‘academic’ matters, but rather concern highly practical moral and political challenges.

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John H. Gillespie and Sarah Richmond

One could be forgiven for asserting that Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialism has become fashionable again, a worldview fitting for our time. How else can we interpret last year’s publication of Surfing with Sartre by Adam James, with existential freedom compared to the controlled manipulation of the surfing board?