Humanly Possible: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking, Inquiry, and Hope

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Price
$30.00  $27.90
Publisher
Penguin Press
Publish Date
Pages
464
Dimensions
6.4 X 9.57 X 1.49 inches | 1.59 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780735223370

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About the Author
Sarah Bakewell had a wandering childhood, growing up on the "hippie trail" through Asia and in Australia. She studied philosophy at the University of Essex and worked for many years as a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library, London, before becoming a fulltime writer. Her books include How to Live, or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, which won the Duff Cooper Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and At the Existentialist Café Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails, one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2016. Bakewell was also among the winners of the 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize. She still has a tendency to wander but is mostly to be found either in London or in Italy with her wife and their family of dogs and chickens.
Reviews
"A book of big and bold ideas, Humanly Possible is humane in approach and, more important, readable and worth reading . . . Bakewell is wide-ranging, witty and compassionate." --The Wall Street Journal

"Bakewell exemplifies the thirst for life and learning of humanism at its best." --Literary Review

"NBCC Award winner Bakewell (How to Live) brilliantly tracks the development of humanism over seven centuries of intellectual history . . . Erudite and accessible, Bakewell's survey pulls together diverse historical threads without sacrificing the up-close details that give this work its spark. Even those who already consider themselves humanists will be enlightened." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Engagingly written as well as richly informative . . . every thinker, every book, every movement is located lightly and precisely in relation to its past and its influence on the present day. I can't imagine a better history of humanism, nor one that is so vividly persuasive. Bakewell is a wonderful writer." --Philip Pullman

"Sarah Bakewell's books are always a joyous education . . . She combines a keen intellect with a lightness of touch and one always feels that she delights in sharing what she has learned. That delight is contagious . . . the world looked different when I finished this book." --Robin Ince, co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and author of The Importance of Being Interested