At the existentialist cafe


Title: In the Existentialist Cafe

Author: Sarah Bickol

Translator: Smart Peasant

Publisher: Today’s Message

Subject: Psychology

Age category: Adult

Cover: Paperback

number of pages: –

Language: Farsi



At the existentialist cafe : freedom, being, and apricot cocktails is a work by English author Sarah Beckwell, published in 2016. In Existentialist Café, Sarah Beckwell discusses twentieth-century philosophy, existentialism, and phenomenology.

In the same year that the book was published, Nigel Warberton, the famous British philosopher, called the Existentialist Café one of the top five works in the field of philosophy. The Persian translation of the book has been made available to the interested people in the Existentialist Cafe, translated by Dehghan Hooshmand and published by Payam-e-Amrooz. Read more about this work below.

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In The Existentialist Café, Sarah Beckwell covers twentieth-century philosophy and the existentialist movement. The book also provides a detailed account of modern existentialism before and after World War II.

In a book in the Existentialist Café, he discusses the theory of phenomenology first proposed by Edmund Husserl. Edmund Husserl’s teachings greatly influenced philosophers such as Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Martin Heidegger, and the rise of existentialism. These three philosophers are essentially the main characters in our book.

Sartre, Dubois and Ramon Aaron in the café, and the birth of a new philosophy
The title of the book refers to a cordial panel discussion organized by three great philosophers of history in a café in Paris, drinking an apricot cocktail, to which Ramon Aron suddenly points to a glass and says, “Philosophy can be extracted from this cocktail.”

Upon hearing of Edmund Husserl and phenomenology, Sartre decides to leave Germany, and by combining what he has learned from phenomenology, Kierkegaard’s philosophy, and his own literature, he creates a philosophy called Existentialism, accompanied by Simone de Beauvoir and Merleau-Ponty.

Sartre is influenced by phenomenology and creates a philosophy for real life, the life that everyone experiences; A philosophy for love, freedom, being, a philosophy for cafes and waiters, friendships and taboo beliefs.
Existentialism is a philosophy that fascinates Paris, extends to the corners of the world, and traces the post-World War II liberation movements from the student uprising of 1968 to the vanguard of the civil rights movement.

Summary and headings
The structure of the book in the Existentialist Café is such that each chapter focuses on a particular philosopher or a particular period of the existentialist movement, and this path begins with the introduction of the leading philosophers of existentialism, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, and Kafka. It deals with the lives of others such as Heidegger, Husserl, Sartre, Dubois, Camus, and others.

Sarah Beckwell has written this book in fourteen chapters, the titles of which are:

Existentialism, how terrible, sir!
Towards things themselves
A witch from her path
Das Man, Salah
The croaking of the blossoming almond trees
I do not want to eat my manuscripts
Occupation, liberation
Life Studies
Philosopher of dance
This kind of cross
The opinion of those who are less supported
Once upon a time we tasted phenomenology
Uncountable blossoming
Book of the Year in the field of philosophy
The book was a huge success in the Existentialist Café in its year of publication; The Guardian named it Book of the Year, and the New York Times named it one of the 2016 Featured Books of the Year. Nigel Warburton also named it one of the top five books in the field of philosophy in 2016. All of this is a testament to the fact that this work is a masterpiece in its own right.

If you think this book is only for philosophers
Sarah Bickol’s art’s where, in simple and intimate language, she combines the fascinating biographies of famous and influential philosophers of history with philosophy, combining the heavy concepts of philosophy and the sweetness of history. And be understandable.

Another point that makes this work even more attractive is that Bicol in his book in the Existentialist Café also deals with the relations between the great men of philosophy; Relationships that sometimes extend to their personal lives.

The last word
In Existentialist Café is a work that considers modern existentialism to be a passionate confrontation of individuals, minds, and theories. Sarah Bicol tells the story of the formation of modern philosophy by telling Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, King and Queen of Existentialism, and a wider circle of friends and opponents, Camus, Martin Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty.

Studying this work is an enjoyable journey into a captivating and beautiful intellectual movement. In The Existentialist Café, Sarah Beckwell combines biography and thought, taking us to the heart of a philosophy that is about life and has been able to transform lives, and to confront the greatest human question: who we are and why we are.

Excerpts from the book in the Existentialist Cafe
Anxiety is the mange of freedom.

You have to shape your choices as if you are making decisions on behalf of all of humanity.

According to Arendt, if you do not react appropriately when necessary, you are showing that you do not have the imagination and attention required, which is as dangerous as the deliberate commission of a crime.

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