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The Life and Times of Jean-Paul Sartre
Wed 16 November 2016, 18:00 – 19:45 GMT
Jean-Paul Sartre is an undisputed giant of twentieth-century philosophy. His intellectual writings popularizing existentialism combined with his creative and artistic flair have made him a legend of French thought. His tumultuous personal life – so inextricably bound up with his philosophical thinking – is a fascinating tale of love and lust, drug abuse, high profile fallings-out and political and cultural rebellion.
Gary Cox, author of the phenomenal Existentialism and Excess, will be in conversation with Travis Elborough to explore all the main events of Sartre’s remarkable seventy-five-year life. They delve into Sartre’s ideas and many philosophical works, novels, stories, plays and biographies, revealing their intimate connection with his personal life.
Join us as our expert panel, who first met whilst studying Philosophy at Birmingham University, passionately debate the life of Sartre and value of his philosophy. Enjoy drinks with the speakers, buy their books and take part in the debate yourself. It will be an entertaining, thought-provoking and compelling evening, much like the philosopher himself.
Gary Cox has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow. He is author of The Sartre Dictionary, Sartre and Fiction, Sartre: A Guide for the Perplexed, How to Be an Existentialist, The Existentialist’s Guide, How to Be a Philosopher, The God Confusion and Deep Thought – all published by Bloomsbury.
Described by The Guardian as “one of the country’s finest pop culture historians', Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for more than a decade. Having studied Philosophy at University, his first book was The Pocket Essential Guide to Nietzsche. Elborough's books include Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records that inspired the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the Word. His latest, A Walk in the Park, a loving exploration of public parks and green space, was hailed as 'a fascinating, informative, revelatory book' by William Boyd.