Sartre’s notions of freedom and choice are worthwhile to consider during these times of lockdown and loss of social connection. All quotes taken from Existentialism is a Humanism, 1946, Being and Nothingness, 1943.

The aristocratic rebel might have been founded by Rousseau and Byron, but it was lived most fully through the figure of Jean-Paul Sartre. Born in 1905, Sartre was the son of an educated naval officer. His…