- NAME: Jean-Paul Sartre
- OCCUPATION: Philosopher, Activist, Literary Critic, Academic Author, Journalist, Author, Playwright, Screenwriter
- BIRTH DATE: June 21, 1905
- DEATH DATE: April 15, 1980
- Did You Know?: Jean-Paul Sartre shares a grave with his life-long partner, famed philosopher and feminist Simone de Beauvoir.
- EDUCATION: École Normale Supérieure
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Paris, France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Paris, France
- Full Name: Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre
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Jean-Paul Sartre was a 20th century intellectual, writer and activist who put forth pioneering ideas on existentialism.
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Literature, he explained, functioned ultimately as a bourgeois substitute for real commitment in the world. In October 1964, Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He declined the prize, becoming the first Nobel Laureate to do so.
Sartre’s principled mode of living involved few possessions. He remained actively committed to humanitarian and political causes until the end of his life,
including participation in the Paris demonstrations of 1968.
Sartre's physical condition deteriorated in the 1970s, and he became almost completely blind in 1973. He died in Paris on April 15, 1980, from pulmonary edema. Jean-Paul Sartre is buried at Montparnasse Cemetery; he shares a grave with life-long partner Simone de Beauvoir.
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