At the Existentialist Caf

At the Existentialist Caf
Author: Sarah Bakewell
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-03-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780345810946

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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, characters. Here is a wonderful, vibrant look at the social, artistic and political currents that shaped the existentialist movement--a mode of thinking and being that, as Bakewell vividly shows, deeply affects us today. Never has the story of this influential group, and especially that of the legendary relationship between Sartre and de Beauvoir, been told with such verve and sweep, weaving personal life with social upheaval and the universal quest for understanding.

At the Existentialist Caf

At the Existentialist Caf
Author: Sarah Bakewell
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2017-02-27
Genre: Existentialism
ISBN: 0099554887

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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, humorous anecdotes are interwoven with a lucid and unpatronising exposition of their complex philosophy... Tender, incisive and fair' Daily Telegraph'Quirky, funny, clear and passionate... Few writers are as good as Bakewell at explaining complicated ideas in a way that makes them easy to understand' Mail on Sunday

How to Live

How to Live
Author: Sarah Bakewell
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2011-04-05
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781446450901

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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 years relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.

Memoirs of a Book Thief

Memoirs of a Book Thief
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: SelfMadeHero
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2019-04-11
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
ISBN: 191059363X

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Paris in the 1950s: the reign of Sartre and existentialism. Daniel Brodin--bibliophile, book thief, self-proclaimed poet--enters the heated atmosphere of the Cafe Serbier, home of the Parisian literati. A poetry night is taking place and, when one luminary suggests giving the floor to an unknown, Daniel impulsively puts himself forward. Under pressure, he recites not one of his own surrealist poems but an obscure piece of Italian verse he's certain no one will know. It's plagiarism--but it's a triumph. At last, success. Daniel's recital marks his entrance into the Parisian avant-garde: a band of cultured rogues and pseudo-revolutionaries for whom life is a playground for art, and planning a robbery has as much value as writing a book. In this milieu, the wine is good and the girls are beautiful. But can success last if it is founded on plagiarism and theft?

The Chaos Caf

The Chaos Caf
Author: Rayme Michaels
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2019-03-19
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 109066415X

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This is Rayme Michaels's fifth book: a mind-bending, dark, urban, existential satire on chaos that will have you both laughing and on the edge of your seat, a novel which explores the validity and possibility in trying to find value and purpose in a vast, chaotic, meaningless universe through the inner turmoil and angst of lead character Chris Connolly, who lives a fairly normal life, until he walks into the enigmatic, absurd, mind-boggling madhouse that is The Chaos Café. Could it really just be a café, or something so much more? Will Chris discover the truth that lies at the heart of that mysterious and terrifyingly bizarre, often hostile, place, which has turned his life upside down and all around? And in the process, will he find the answers to life that he's been searching for since he was a child, go insane trying, or both? Read if you dare in order to find the answer. Or perhaps it will merely be YOUR answer that you find.

The English Dane

The English Dane
Author: Sarah Bakewell
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-04-13
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781409016274

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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. Using unpublished sources and letters, Sarah Bakewell tells his astonishing tale with dazzling verve.

Philosophy for Girls

Philosophy for Girls
Author: Melissa Shew,Kimberly Garchar
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-09-18
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 9780190072940

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This revolutionary book empowers its readers by exploring enduring, challenging, and timely philosophical issues in new essays written by expert women philosophers. The book will inspire and entice these philosophers' younger counterparts, curious readers of all genders, and all who support equity in philosophy. If asked to envision a philosopher, people might imagine a bearded man, probably Greek, perhaps in a toga, pontificating about abstract ideas. Or they might think of that same man in the Enlightenment, gripping a quill pen and pouring universal truths onto a page. They may even call to mind a much more modern man, wearing a black sweater and smoking a cigarette in a Paris café, expressing existential angst in a new novel or essay. What people are unlikely to picture, though, is a woman. Women have historically been excluded from the discipline of philosophy and remain largely marginalized in contemporary textbooks and anthologies. The under-representation of women in secondary and post-secondary curricula makes it harder for young women to see themselves as future philosophers. In fact, it makes it harder for all people to engage the valuable contributions that women have made and continue to make to intellectual thought. While some progress has been made in building a more inclusive world of philosophy, especially in the last fifty years, important work remains to be done. Philosophy for Girls helps correct the pervasive and problematic omission of women from philosophy. Divided into four sections that connect to major, primary fields in philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, and ethics), this anthology is unique: chapters are all written by women, and each chapter opens with an anecdote about a girl or woman from mythology, history, art, literature, or science to introduce chapter topics. Further, nearly all primary and secondary sources used in the chapters are written by women philosophers. The book is written in a rigorous, academic spirit but in lively and engaging prose, making serious philosophical insights accessible to readers who are new to philosophy. This book appeals to a wide audience. Individual readers will find value in these pages--especially girls and women ages 16-24, as well as university and high school educators and students who want a change from standard anthologies that include few or no women. The book's contributors both represent and map the diverse landscape of philosophy, highlighting its engagement with themes of gender and equity. In doing so, they encourage philosophers current and future philosophers to explore new territory and further develop the topography of the field. Philosophy for Girls is a rigorous yet accessible entry-point to philosophical contemplation designed to inspire a new generation of philosophers.

Return to the Why Cafe

Return to the Why Cafe
Author: John Strelecky
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2014-03-15
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0991392019

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Sequel to the international bestseller, The Why Cafe.