Philosophy Talk: Jean-Paul Sartre | KALW

Philosophy Talk: Jean-Paul Sartre

Sep 21, 2018

What exactly is existentialism? How are we condemned to be free? And what’s so hellish about other people?   


Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the first global public intellectuals, famous for his popular existentialist philosophy, his works of fiction, and his rivalry with Albert Camus. His existentialism was also adopted by Simone de Beauvoir, who used it as a foundation for modern theoretical feminism. So what exactly is existentialism? How is man condemned to be free, as Sartre claimed? And what’s so hellish about other people? John and Ken speak in good faith with Thomas Flynn from Emory University, author of Sartre: A Philosophical Biography. Sunday 9/23 at 11 am and Tuesday 9/25 at 12 noon.