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William Barrett (1913-1992) was an American academic and professor of philosophy. He was an editor of Partisan Review and author of Irrational Man (1958).

Barrett was good friends with the poet Delmore Schwartz for many years. He knew many other literary figures of the day, including Edmund Wilson, Philip Rahv, and Albert Camus. He was deeply influenced by the philosophy of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger. In fiction his taste ran to the great Russians, particularly Dostoyevsky. He was deeply religious in an unconventional, philosophical sense.

Among Barrett's other books are "Death of the Soul: From Descartes to the Computer," "The Illusion of Technique: A Search for Meaning in a Technological Civilization," "The Truants: Adventures Among the Intellectuals," "What Is Existentialism?" and "Time of Need: Forms of Imagination in the Twentieth Century."

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