Was Jean-Paul Sartre Jewish?

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Chapter Continental Philosophy

This question is deeply imbedded in the disputes among Sartre’s closest followers that followed his death. Their disputes were not so much matters of philosophy as they were a competition for who would inherit Sarte’s legacy and be able to speak for him after his death. According to Benny Levy, a former Maoist who had been Sartre’s secretary for several years and transcribed 40 hours of taped conversations in Hope Now: The 1980 Interviews (1996), Sartre expressed hope for the coming of the Messiah.


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