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Walker Percy Wednesday 163

The road is better than the inn, said Cervantes-and by this he meant that rotation is better than the alienation of everydayness. The best part of Huckleberry Finn begins when Huck escapes from his old man’s shack and ends when he leaves the river for good at Phelps farm. Mark Twain hit upon an admirable…

Walker Percy Wednesday 162

THE MAN ON THE TRAIN THERE is no such thing, strictly speaking, as a literature of alienation. In the re-presenting of alienation the category is reversed and becomes something entirely different. There is a great deal of difference between an alienated commuter riding a train and this same commuter reading a book about an alienated…

Anti‐Semite and Jew

Sartre’s Anti‐Semite and Jew is still well worth a read. Here is a feely downloadable reissue with a new preface by Michael Walzer. anti-SemitismexistentialismJean-Paul SartreMarxismmichael walzer

Albert Camus

Born on this day — a brief article outlining his life and works. (H/T to Troy Camplin). Albert CamusexistentialismFranz KafkaJean-Paul SartreKierkegaardstalinism

Camus and Sartre

Marking the Camus centenary. Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, two of the most important minds of the 20th century, were closely entwined throughout their careers. On the centenary of Camus’ birth, SPIEGEL looks back at their famous friendship and the ideological feud that ultimately unraveled it. Albert CamusexistentialismideologyJean-Paul SartreMarxismNobel Prize in Literaturephilosophical literaturePhilosophySimone de BeauvoirSPIEGELStranger

William Barrett on Existentialism

Here is a three part interview led by the ever reliable and precise expositor, Bryan Magee. I’m not sure that things have changed that much since this programme in 1978 in that while Heidegger is fully accepted (and suggestively reinterpreted) by those of us in cognitive science, mainstream analytical  philosophy still sees him as a…