Sarah Bakewell

Sarah Bakewell

Sarah Bakewell is a London-based writer. She became obsessed with the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and started—but never finished—a PhD in philosophy. Her book on Michel de Montaigne, How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography in 2011, and the Duff Cooper Prize for Non-Fiction in the UK. Her group biography of the existentialist philosophers, At the Existentialist Caféwas also widely acclaimed and is a great way into existentialism. Her book on the history of humanist thought, Humanly Possible already looks set to be one of the best books of 2023.

Books by Sarah Bakewell

Interviews with Sarah Bakewell

The best books on Existentialism, recommended by Sarah Bakewell

Existentialist philosophy isn’t about bringing despair and angst into our lives, it’s about discovering our inner freedom, explains Sarah Bakewell, the author of At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails. She recommends books to learn more about existentialism.

Interviews where books by Sarah Bakewell were recommended

The best books on Midlife Crisis, recommended by Kieran Setiya

It’s an observable phenomenon that the gap in life satisfaction between the very young and the very old with those in their 40s is equivalent to that associated with getting a divorce. Kieran Setiya, the MIT philosopher and author of Midlife: A Philosophical Guide, chooses the best books to counsel you through this difficult period.

Best Philosophy Books of 2016, recommended by Nigel Warburton

Philosophy raises fundamental questions about the world around us and how we should live our lives. Fortunately, a range of popular books now available mean you too can grapple with some of these issues. Philosopher and author Nigel Warburton picks his favourite philosophy books of 2016.

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