"Being and nothingness"
Jean-Paul Sartre
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 Being and Nothingness is the name of a classic Existentialist book by Jean-Paul Sartre. In his work, Sartre sought to explore the idea that an individual's existence is both prior to and separate from their existence. Sartre wrote Being and Nothingness in 1940-41, when he was a prisoner of war in France; he was very much influenced by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger's Being and Time.