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Gabriel Marcel

Gabriel MarcelAKA Gabriel Honoré Marcel

Born: 7-Dec-1889
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 8-Oct-1973
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Cimetiere de Passy, Paris, France

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Philosopher, Playwright

Nationality: France
Executive summary: French existential philosopher

Philosopher and playwright Gabriel Marcel wrote about issues of death, religion, mortality and immortality, faith, fidelity, hope, and love. He was raised in a household where even mentioning religion was forbidden, but drawn to Catholicism by François Mauriac. During World War I he volunteered with Red Cross, and was assigned the duty of relaying news of death to soldiers' and civilians' loved ones.

Father: Henri Marcel (civil servant)
Mother: Laure Meyer Marcel (d. 1894)
Wife: Jacqueline Boegner (professor, m. 1919, d. 1947, one son)
Son: Jean Marcel (adopted)

    University: PhD Philosophy, Sorbonne (1910)
    Teacher: Lycée Condorcet

    Erasmus Prize 1969
    Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 1964
    Institute of France
    International Committee of the Red Cross Liaison Officer, World War I
    Jewish Ancestry (maternal)

Author of books:
Journal Métaphysique (Metaphysical Journal) (1927)
Le Soleil invisible (The Invisible Sun) (1931)
Être et Avoir (Being and Having) (1935)
Homo Viator (1945)
Le Mystère de L’être (The Mystery of Being) (1950, two volumes)
Les Hommes contre L’humain (Man against Mass Society) (1951)
Le Déclin de la Sagesse (The Decline of Wisdom) (1954)
Royce's Metaphysics (1956)
Présence et Immortalité (Presence and Immortality) (1959)
Fresh Hope for the World: Moral Re-Armament in Action (1960)
The Existential Background of Human Dignity (1963)
Philosophical Fragments (1965)
The Funeral Pyre (1965)
Searchings (1967)
Problematic Man (1967)
Tragic Wisdom and Beyond (1973)
The Participant Perspective: A Gabriel Marcel Reader (1987, posthumous)

Wrote plays:
A Just One (1918)
The Unfathomable (1919)
The Votive Candle (1925)
The Rebellious Heart (1920)
A Man of God (1922)
The Yoke or the Noose (1926)
The Broken World (1932)
The Lantern (1935)
Ariadne (1935)
Dot the I (1936)
Colombyre or the Torch of Peace (1937)
The Double Expertise (1937)
Rome n’est plus dans Rome (1951)


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