HEAVILY CORRECTED MANUSCRIPT OF SARTRE'S FIRST MAJOR WORK

La Transcendance de l'Ego.

[1934]. 50 pages, quarto, numbered 1-48, plus page 14bis and a one-page preface. Binding by Pierre-Lucien Martin, dated 1964. Black goat skin, sides with suede panels, lettered in iridescent box calf, gilt edges, chemise and slipcase. The original manuscript of Sartre's first major work, this is the final version of this text, published first in the sixteenth and last number of the review "Recherches philosophiques" (Vrin) in 1936. It shows extensive revision and re-writing, with cancelled passages and paragraphs, inserted pages, and changes showing the on-going development of Sartre's ideas. One example is the substitution of "ego" for the multiple uses of his original first person "moi" starting in chapter II. The essay marks Sartre's break with Husserl's phenomenology and the beginning of his own philosophical positions, which would be developed from this into the weighty ontology of "L’Être et la Néant". “'La Transcendance de l’Ego' (1936) argues against Husserl that the self is not an inner core of character, source of our actions, feelings, and beliefs, but rather a synthesis or construct which we falsely imagine to be such a core.” New Oxford Companion to Literature in French, 1995. Fine condition. Item #30117

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