At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
Existentialism was one of the most exciting movements of the twentieth century, inspiring several generations with its philosophy of liberation, authenticity, and political activism. Its concerns are remarkably close to those argued over today, from questions about freedom and purpose to the difficulties of living authentically in a technologically networked world. Sarah Bakewell, author of At the Existentialist Café, will explore the lives of the best-known existentialists, especially Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, and ask what they still have to offer in the 21st century.
Reception at 5:30 p.m.