One of the most inspiring social thinkers in France today, Andre Gorz is known throughout Western Europe as a leading critic of work-based society and a radical exponent of the 'politics of time'. Despite the popular appeal of his writings, however, Gorz has had only a marginal influence on the academic debates and controversies currently taking place in the English-speaking world. This book argues that the neglect of Gorz's work is a costly oversight. Concentrating initially on early and largely untranslated philosophical texts, it highlights his interest in, and contribution to, the Continental tradition of existential phenomenology. With critical treatments of Husserl, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Marx, and Habermas, as well as incisive discussions on the transformation of work and the significance of political ecology, Finn Bowring argues that Gorz's unique achievement is to have forged a social theory firmly rooted in people's experience of themselves as free and sentient beings.