By Sarah Bakewell
From the best-selling writer of How to Live, a lively account of 1 of the 20th century’s significant highbrow pursuits and the innovative thinkers who got here to form it
Paris, 1933: 3 contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails on the Bec-de-Gaz bar at the rue Montparnasse. they're the younger Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime pal Raymond Aron, a fellow thinker who raves to them a couple of new conceptual framework from Berlin known as Phenomenology. “You see,” he says, “if you're a phenomenologist you could discuss this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!”
It was once this straightforward word that may ignite a stream, inspiring Sartre to combine Phenomenology into his personal French, humanistic sensibility, thereby growing a wholly new philosophical method encouraged by means of subject matters of radical freedom, genuine being, and political activism. This circulation may sweep throughout the jazz golf equipment and cafés of the Left financial institution sooner than making its means internationally as Existentialism.
Featuring not just philosophers, but in addition playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Café follows the existentialists’ tale, from the 1st rebellious spark during the moment international conflict, to its function in postwar liberation events corresponding to anticolonialism, feminism, and homosexual rights. Interweaving biography and philosophy, it's the epic account of passionate encounters—fights, amorous affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and lengthy partnerships—and an essential research into what the existentialists need to provide us this day, at a second after we are once more confronting the key questions of freedom, worldwide accountability, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven international.
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