The age of reason french lge de raison is a 1945 novel by jean paul sartre it is the first part of the trilogy the roads to freedom the novel set in the bohemian paris of the late 1930s focuses on three days in the life of a philosophy teacher named mathieu who is seeking money to pay for an abortion for his mistress marcelle sartre . The age of reason being an investigation of true and fabulous theology is a work by english and american political activist thomas paine arguing for the philosophical position of deismit follows in the tradition of eighteenth century british deism and challenges institutionalized religion and the legitimacy of the bibleit was published in three parts in 1794 1795 and 1807. Unlike his stylistic experimentation in the reprieve sartre narrates the age of reason in a traditional straightforward style but its no less briskly paced if anything there is a higher pitch of emotional intensity in this novel and less ennui than in the reprieve. The age of reason constantly debates what the idea of freedom is for a man whether growing old means one should make every decision with reason or simply reconciliation set in the backdrop of second world war the characters seem completely oblivious choosing to live their insular lives with their selfish ambitions chasing their own . The age of reason is the first novel in jean paul sartres roads to freedom series the story centers on mathieu delarue a 34 year old college professor living in paris in 1938 his mistress marcelle informs him that she is pregnant and they decide on an abortion
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