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

Recorded May 2, 2023
Direct Download: 20230502-sarahba.mp3

In conversation with Eric Banks

Acclaimed for “wonderfully readable” fusions of “biography, philosophy, history, cultural analysis and personal reflection” (The Independent), Sarah Bakewell is the author of At the Existentialist Café, a rousing and comprehensive account of the 20th century intellectual movement, which was named one of 2016’s best books by The New York Times. She is also the author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne, a National Book Critics Circle Award–winning biography of the 16th century essayist. She formerly worked as a curator of early printed books at the esteemed Wellcome Library for the History of Medicine, earned a postgraduate degree in artificial intelligence, and taught creative writing at London’s City University. In her latest book, she delves into the vast history of humanist thought in order to illuminate its contributions to art, scientific inquiry, and the very nature of our individual spirits.

Eric Banks is a writer and editor based in New York. He is director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at the New York Public Library and consulting editor of the forthcoming Robert Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné, the first volume of which is scheduled to appear in 2025. Banks is a former senior editor of Artforum, and from 2003 to 2008 he served as editor in chief of Bookforum

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