Spreading the Word: Inspirational Quotes

What did existentialist philosopher Kierkegaard think about discovering ourselves? Collection of inspiring quotes.

Hell Is Other People: What Did Sartre Mean?

French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre famously said, "Hell is other people". This quote appears towards the end of Sartre's play Huis Clos (No Exit), first published in 1944. A disenchanted and desperate verdict; it comes from one of the three characters trapped together in one room. Without giving too much away, let me say that the play's …

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Spreading the Word: Which Is the Real You?

How do you combine two very different identities in one person without causing too much inner tension? Is it possible? Today's story is about one young Orthodox Jew who discovered the world of stand-up comedy and got his social anxiety under control. He shares his thoughts and feelings in this short film (the accompanying description …

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Spreading the Word: Philosophers on Authenticity

Continuing the theme of the last weeks, today I share a BBC podcast episode on authenticity. What does it mean to be oneself, is there a fixed self at all, and why should it matter whether we are authentic or not? Philosophers engage in discussing these and other questions, addressing some of the perennial themes …

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On Being Yourself

''Be yourself, no matter what they say'' is the advice that Sting gives us in his elegant song Shape of My Heart. I agree. But how do we do that? How can we be ourselves? Deeper still, what does it mean to be ourselves? And how do I know who my-self is?  After all, whatever I …

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