Join us and author Sarah Bakewell at The Existential Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails (New York: Other Press, 2016). You will meet Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Martin Heidegger, Edmund Husserl, Karl Jaspers and others. Bakewell reveals their biographies as she portrays an international community of scholars and artists interacting with each other. Only then does she explicate the philosophy of each one, communicating its essence with rigor and clarity, and connecting it to the way they lived their lives. The result is a fascinating intellectual history of 20th century Europe. Study group discussions on the life events and philosophy of the principal players may be augmented by research from the book’s extensive notes and bibliography or excerpts from a collection of readings by Walter Kaufmann, Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre (New York: The Penguin Group, 1975). We are certain that the creativity of this former European community will stimulate its counterpart in our present group as we connect our discussions to real life and real world events. Participation will include reading, home study, discussion, and volunteering as discussion leader. Requires use of email, Word and PDF documents and research on the Internet.