French existentialist philosopher, writer and political activist Jean-Paul Sartre and left-wing protesters demonstrate against racism. Photo: Corbis

Book review: At the Existentialist Cafe - the birth of a 20th century philosophy

Sarah Bakewell delivers a peerless introduction to modern intellectual history as she traces the roots of the idea that human nature doesn’t exist and we are creatures moulded only by experiences

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French existentialist philosopher, writer and political activist Jean-Paul Sartre and left-wing protesters demonstrate against racism. Photo: Corbis
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