By Sarah Bakewell
From the best-selling writer of How to Live, a lively account of 1 of the 20th century’s significant highbrow activities and the progressive 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 good friend 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 will ignite a stream, inspiring Sartre to combine Phenomenology into his personal French, humanistic sensibility, thereby developing a completely new philosophical technique encouraged by means of issues of radical freedom, genuine being, and political activism. This stream may sweep throughout the jazz golf equipment and cafés of the Left financial institution prior to making its method the world over 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 in the course of the moment global struggle, to its position in postwar liberation pursuits comparable 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 a necessary research into what the existentialists need to provide us this day, at a second after we are once more confronting the main questions of freedom, worldwide accountability, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven global.
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