On-Going Local Alumni Book Group

Meeting in Cambridge This Sunday Evening


Book: At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

New Location148 Fifth St, Apt 3, Cambridge, MA.   
Date & Time: Sunday, Feb 10th, 6:30 PM

Paris, 1933: Three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist, you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!"

Featuring not only philosophers but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Café follows the existentialists' story from the first rebellious spark through the Second World War to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights. It is the epic account of passionate encounters - fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnerships - and a vital investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today.

       For further details, contact Ashley Evans, evans.ashleym@gmail.com