Score: 4
From 25 Ratings

At the Existentialist Café


  • Author: Sarah Bakewell
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • File Size: 11876988 Bytes


Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2016 by the New York Times, a spirited account of a major intellectual movement of the twentieth century and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it, by the best-selling author of How to Live Sarah Bakewell.Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!"     It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement, inspiring...

A Confession and Other Religious Writings


  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Release Date : 1987-08-27
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • File Size: 6428048 Bytes


Describing Tolstoy's crisis of depression and estrangement from the world, A Confession (1879) is an autobiographical work of exceptional emotional honesty. By the time he was fifty, Tolstoy had already written the novels that would assure him of literary immortality; he had a wife, a large estate and numerous children; he was 'a happy man' and in good health - yet life had lost its meaning. In this poignant confessional fragment, he records a period of his life when he began to turn away from fiction and aesthetics, and to search instead for 'a practical religion not promising future bliss, but giving bliss on earth'....

At the Existentialist Caf
Score: 4
From 18 Ratings

At the Existentialist Caf


  • Author : Sarah Bakewell
  • Publisher : Knopf Canada
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345810946


At the Existentialist Caf Book Description :

Great philosophy meets powerful biography in this entertaining and immensely readable portrait of mid-20th century Paris and the fascinating characters of Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, and their circle, who loved and hated, drank and debated with each other--and forever changed the way we think about thinking. At the Existentialist Café is a thrilling look at the famous group of post-war thinkers who became known as the Existentialists: Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger, and their circle. Starting with Paris after the devastation of the Second World War, Sarah Bakewell (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for her previous book) takes us inside the passionate debates and equally passionate lives of these brilliant, if flawed, character...

At the Existentialist Caf

At the Existentialist Caf


  • Author : Sarah Bakewell
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590514894


At the Existentialist Caf Book Description :

Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2016 by the New York Times, a spirited account of a major intellectual movement of the twentieth century and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it, by the best-selling author of How to Live Sarah Bakewell. Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!" It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement, inspiring Sartre to integrate Ph...

At The Existentialist Caf

At The Existentialist Caf


  • Author : Sarah Bakewell
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-03-03
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473545328


At The Existentialist Caf Book Description :

Shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize Paris, near the turn of 1932-3. Three young friends meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking... ‘It’s not often that you miss your bus stop because you’re so engrossed in reading a book about existentialism, but I did exactly that... The story of Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger et al is strange, fun and compelling reading. If it doesn’t win awards, I will eat my copy’ Independent on Sunday ‘Bakewell shows how fascinating were some of the existentialists’ ideas and how fascinating, often frightful, were their lives. Vivid, humo...

Camus and Sartre
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Camus and Sartre


  • Author : Ronald Aronson
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2004-01-03
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0226027961


Camus and Sartre Book Description :

Until now it has been impossible to read the full story of the relationship between Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. Their dramatic rupture at the height of the Cold War, like that conflict itself, demanded those caught in its wake to take sides rather than to appreciate its tragic complexity. Now, using newly available sources, Ronald Aronson offers the first book-length account of the twentieth century's most famous friendship and its end. Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre first met in 1943, during the German occupation of France. The two became fast friends. Intellectual as well as political allies, they grew famous overnight after Paris was liberated. As playwrights, novelists, philosophers, journalists, and editors, the two seemed to be everyw...

How to Live
Score: 4
From 29 Ratings

How to Live


  • Author : Sarah Bakewell
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-04-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446450901


How to Live Book Description :

How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love? How to live? This question obsessed Renaissance nobleman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. Into these essays he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, events in the appalling civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller, and over four hundred years later, readers still come to him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment - and in search of themselves. This first full biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty yea...

And After Many Days
Score: 3
From 42 Ratings

And After Many Days


  • Author : Jowhor Ile
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Domestic fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101903148


And After Many Days Book Description :

In the aftermath of a teen's disappearance from bustling Port Harcourt in 1995 Nigeria, a once-ordered family is irreparably shattered in ways that prompt its youngest member, Ajie, to embark on a quest for answers that reveals long-forgotten secrets andregional brutalities....

The English Dane
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The English Dane


  • Author : Sarah Bakewell
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-04-13
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409016274


The English Dane Book Description :

This gripping nineteenth-century adventure stars Jorgen Jorgenson, who ran away to sea at fourteen and began a brilliant career by sailing to establish the first colony in Tasmania. Twists of fortune then found him captaining a warship for Napoleon before joining a British trading voyage to Iceland, where he staged an outrageous coup and ruled the country for two months. Much lay ahead, from imprisonment in the hulks to patronage by Joseph Banks and travels in Europe as a British spy. But Jorgenson was dogged by his own excesses, and ended up transported as a convict to the very colony he helped to found. Here he reinvented himself again as an explorer, and, despite his sympathy for the people, was caught up in the terrible Aboriginal clearances. Usi...

Irrational Man
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Irrational Man


  • Author : William Barrett
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2011-01-26
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0307761088


Irrational Man Book Description :

Widely recognized as the finest definition of existentialist philosophy ever written, this book introduced existentialism to America in 1958. Barrett speaks eloquently and directly to concerns of the 1990s: a period when the irrational and the absurd are no better integrated than before and when humankind is in even greater danger of destroying its existence without ever understanding the meaning of its existence. Irrational Man begins by discussing the roots of existentialism in the art and thinking of Augustine, Aquinas, Pascal, Baudelaire, Blake, Dostoevski, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Picasso, Joyce, and Beckett. The heart of the book explains the views of the foremost existentialists—Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre. The result is a marve...

Hiking with Nietzsche
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

Hiking with Nietzsche


  • Author : John Kaag
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2018-09-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374715748


Hiking with Nietzsche Book Description :

"A stimulating book about combating despair and complacency with searching reflection." --Heller McAlpin, NPR.org Named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR. One of Lit Hub's 15 Books You Should Read in September and one of Outside's Best Books of Fall A revelatory Alpine journey in the spirit of the great Romantic thinker Friedrich Nietzsche Hiking with Nietzsche: Becoming Who You Are is a tale of two philosophical journeys—one made by John Kaag as an introspective young man of nineteen, the other seventeen years later, in radically different circumstances: he is now a husband and father, and his wife and small child are in tow. Kaag sets off for the Swiss peaks above Sils Maria where Nietzsche wrote his landmark work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Both of Kaag’...

Situating Existentialism

Situating Existentialism


  • Author : Jonathan Judaken
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231147743


Situating Existentialism Book Description :

This anthology provides a history of the systemization and canonization of existentialism, a quintessentially antisystemic mode of thought. Situating existentialism within the history of ideas, it features new readings on the most influential works in the existential canon, exploring their formative contexts and the cultural dialogues of which they were a part. Emphasizing the multidisciplinary and global nature of existential arguments, the chosen texts relate to philosophy, religion, literature, theater, and culture and reflect European, Russian, Latin American, African, and American strains of thought. Readings are grouped into three thematic categories: national contexts, existentialism and religion, and transcultural migrations that explore the ...