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April 22nd, 2020

From the vaults: Existentialism

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

April 22nd, 2020

From the vaults: Existentialism

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Sarah Bakewell/ Andy Martin/ Stella Sandford

 


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‘Why are there beings at all instead of nothing?’, asks Martin Heidegger in his Introduction to Metaphysics. In this panel, we explore the ideas of being and nothing as described by existentialism’s most famous thinkers: Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus. We ask what is the allure of the existentialists that their reputations should endure in popular and contemporary culture? And how is it that existentialist philosophy can be, at once, avidly consumed by modern audiences and unapologetically esoteric? Coffee, French cigarettes, and black polo necks not provided; intelligent discussion and provocative questions most definitely are.

 

Speakers
Sarah Bakewell
Author of At the Existentialist Cafe and How to Live.
Andy Martin
Author of The Boxer and the Goalkeeper: Sartre vs Camus and Lecturer in French, University of Cambridge
Stella Sandford
Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London

Chair
Shahidha Bari
Lecturer in Romanticism in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London & Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Recorded on 24 February 2017 at the LSE

 

 

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Forum for Philosophy

Forum for Philosophy is a non-profit organization promoting philosophy. We host events, produce podcasts, and publish an essay series to showcase the work of contemporary academic philosophers from all philosophical traditions, often in conversation with each other and with academics from other disciplines. In all of our activities, we promote thought-provoking discussion of science, art, and politics from a philosophical perspective.

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