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Sarah Bakewell was a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library before becoming a full-time writer, publishing her highly acclaimed biographies The Smart and The English Dane. She lives in London, where she teaches creative writing at City University.
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Climates (1928) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver257 eksemplarer
Philosophy Bites Back (2012) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer

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As an introduction to existentialism for the beginner or casual reader, it would be hard to improve on this. Bakewell is a very good writer indeed (her book on Montaigne is equally excellent), and she does justice I think to most if not all of the main actors in existential philosophy. While some reviewers may quibble about someone or something that gets little or no attention in her book, the marvel is that she fits so much in and yet manages a lightness of tone, and an easy integration of biography and ideas. If you have the energy or interest to read just one book about existentialism, then this is it.… (mere)
breathslow | 39 andre anmeldelser | Jan 27, 2024 |
Ms. Bakewell covers 700-plus years of humanism and philosophy with grace and with.
nmele | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jan 1, 2024 |
A history of freethinking, literary immersion, and rejection of religious authority
I read Sarah Bakewell's "At the Existentialist Cafe" a few years ago, thoroughly enjoying her writing. I therefore bought this book as soon as it came out, and also enjoyed it. The goal of the book is to define humanism by reference to many of its practitioners, starting with Petrarch, and ending with a 2022 manifesto from the British humanist society. Humanists have generally been skeptical of religion, and often had to hide or delay publishing their works, because they lived in societies that were prosecutory. There writing focus on human concerns rather than theology. Boccaccio, Erasmus, Hume, Montaigne, Bertrand Russell, are famous characters in humanism. Lorenzo de Valla and Robert Ingersoll are less well known. Zora Neale Hurston appears early, Confuscius is mentioned, and several of the stories concern gay writers, so that the diversity boxes are checked, but generally this is about mainstream European philosophers. As a physician, I was especially interested in a section discussing Vesalius and de Valla promoting the study of anatomy based on dissection. I think of myself as a freethinking person, so the theme of the book made perfect sense to me. A recurrent quote from Robert Ingersoll sums up the attitude of the author and the humanists:
Happiness is the only good.
The time to be happy is now.
The place to be happy is here.
The way to be happy is to make others so.
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neurodrew | 5 andre anmeldelser | Dec 28, 2023 |



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