The Age of Reason: A Novel

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The first novel of Sartre's monumental Roads to Freedom series, The Age of Reason is set in 1938 and tells of Mathieu, a French professor of philosophy who is obsessed with the idea of freedom. As the shadows of the Second World War draw closer -- even as his personal life is complicated by his mistress's pregnancy -- his search for a way to remain free becomes more and more intense.
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Overview

The first novel of Sartre's monumental Roads to Freedom series, The Age of Reason is set in 1938 and tells of Mathieu, a French professor of philosophy who is obsessed with the idea of freedom. As the shadows of the Second World War draw closer -- even as his personal life is complicated by his mistress's pregnancy -- his search for a way to remain free becomes more and more intense.
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"Entertaining...the characters are well observed and conscientiously and intelligently studied."-- Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679738954
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Series: Roads To Freedom = les Chemins de la Liberte Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Sales rank: 277,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    thinking man's read

    a well written story of mathieu and his parisian circle of friends. mathieu an apolitical philosophy teacher tries to procure an abortion for his mistress, while in the process attempts, in vain, to retain his 'freedom'. finally mathieu realises, through his failures, that he has reached his age of reason

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2001

    a brilliant melding of philosophy and first class fiction. outstanding.

    A Parisian professor has a pregnant mistress to consider while balancing an infatuation with a student and his search for autonomy. A fascinating read that delves into the existential psyche while delivering a fantastic read. Obviously penned by French ontologist Sartre, this is a requirement for anyone interested in philosophy.

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