The Radical Project: Sartrean Investigations

Bill Martin (Author)


These 'Sartrean Investigations' are an attempt at a political reckoning with Sartre. They are an attempt to inhabit some of the central political questions of the twentieth century alongside Sartre. Now that the twentieth century is over, Bill Martin asks whether his radical spirit can still help us to understand and change the world that is emerging. For people of a certain generation, Sartre embodied the spirit of May 1968, a rebellion that was also a revolt against alienation in the West and against the actions of Western colonialism and imperialism in the East and South. The radical project attempts to integrate these two sides of Sartre's political theory and activism, emphasizing his anti-imperialism. Areas discussed include: Sartre's theory of the Stalin period; Sartre's engagement with Maoism and Judaism; and Sartre's legacy for radical intellectuals. Martin aims to contribute toward the transcendence of a time of historical impasse. In the end this means assimilating Sartre's thought to what the author calls the 'postsecular, ' those forms of theory and activism that resist the overwhelming pointlessness of capitalism

Product Details

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
December 26, 2000
BISAC Categories:

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Bill Martin is the author of numerous books including Matrix and line: Derrida and the possibilities of postmodern social theory and Humanism and its aftermath: the shared fate of deconstruction and politics. He teaches courses in the areas of social theory, continental philosophy, and literary and musical aesthetics as professor of philosophy at DePaul University.


The radical project is a theoretically rich and insightful attempt to wrestle with the difficult question of the relevance of Sartre's work for current thought and, especially politics: a task which is of significance not only for Sartrean studies but, as Martin argues, for our own contemporary understanding of our situation and our prospects for political action.--Steve Hendley "Birmingham-Southern College "
In this lively and provocative set of essays, Bill Martin succeeds in thinking with Sartre rather than simply about him. Adopting a 'post-secular'approach to social theory, Martin engages such positive and negative critics as Rorty, Foucault, Derrida, Eagleton, and Jameson in an attempt to 'recover and extend the radicality of Sartre's political project.' Anyone who bought the bromide that Sartre is irrelevant to our postmodern or post-postmodern world has merely to read one of these chapters to realize how mistaken is that opinion.--Thomas R. Flynn, Emory University
The radical project argues persuasively that socio-political philosophy has much to contribute to a theory designed to help our society to go beyond the constraints of postmodern capitalism and imperialism. Martin sustains the hope that positive transformation on a major scale is still possible and shows himself to be an effective leader in working out a program for achieving truly radical change. His book should provoke constructive controversy.--Hazel E. Barnes, Professor of Philosophy, Emerita at the University of Colorado, Boulder