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Existentialism is Easy (the Forum at the LSE Literary Festival)

24 February 2017, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

“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.

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

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


This event is free, but requires a ticket. Tickets will be available closer to the event and a link will be provided on the event website.




Forum for Philosophy


Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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