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How we can be free

I’ve been enjoying Sarah Bakewell’s new book At The Existential Café (Chatto & Windus), which explores the origins and development of existential philosophy. It traces the movement’s beginnings back to Kierkegaard, and how Husserl and his student, Martin Heidegger, developed it further,  but the book’s main focus is on Jean-Paul Sartre and his life-long companion Simone de Beauvoir and their own particular take on the philosophy. At its heart, Sartre’s existentialism proclaims that we are essentially free, but the idea is so terrifying to us that we find comfort in habits and responsibilities. I take a different view.  We are
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