Gabriel Marcel

Gabriel Honoré Marcel[lower-alpha 1] (7 December 1889 – 8 October 1973) was a French philosopher, playwright, music critic and leading Christian existentialist. The author of over a dozen books and at least thirty plays, Marcel's work focused on the modern individual's struggle in a technologically dehumanizing society. Though often regarded as the first French existentialist, he dissociated himself from figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, preferring the term philosophy of existence or neo-Socrateanism to define his own thought. The Mystery of Being is a well-known two-volume work authored by Marcel.

Gabriel Marcel
Gabriel Honoré Marcel

(1889-12-07)7 December 1889
Paris, France
Died8 October 1973(1973-10-08) (aged 83)
Paris, France
Alma materUniversity of Paris
Notable work
The Mystery of Being (1951)
RelativesHenry Marcel (father)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests
Notable ideas
"The Other" (autrui), concrete philosophy (philosophie concrète), being vs. having as opposing ways of defining the human person