Why are you alive? - Key Existential ideas

Use key concepts and practices from Existential Philosophy to turn your life into a work of art
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Why are you alive? How should you live? How can you turn your life into a work of art? How can you live an authentic life - that is, live the life that you were meant to live?

If you have ever posed yourself these kinds of questions, you're in good company. Philosophers known as "Existentialists" have posed these questions about our own lives and developed some very useful theories and practices around them.

This course examines key ideas from the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Georges Bataille and Michel Foucault, giving you a clear and simple explanation of their main ideas about the central questions we have about the meaning of our lives.

In this course you will learn to examine your life and the choices you make from the standpoint of key concepts such as freedom, meaning, and community. You will learn to design and implement thw kind of projects that give meaning to your life. 

  The course consists of: 

  • 11 thematic videos on giving shape to your life (2-5 minutes),

  • 7  narrated powerpoint videos on the life and work of existentialist  philosophers (3-10 mins)

  • a series of exercises  for you to try out in your daily life

Who this course is for:

  • If you have asked yourself what the meaning of life is, and what your own life is for, then this course is for you. If you are allergic to philosophical ideas, you might like to skip it.


Philosopher and author
Karim Benammar, Ph.D.
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        Karim Benammar is a philosopher specialized in Thinking Techniques and  the Philosophy of Abundance. His vision is to help people think about the paradigm shift from scarcity to abundance,  about giving meaning to their life, and about creating value. 

        Of mixed Dutch-Algerian ancestry, Benammar grew up in Holland before going  to study philosophy in England (BA, Sussex University, 1987) and the  United States (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1993). Fascinated by  Japan, he continued his philosophy studies at the University of Kyoto.  He was Associate Professor at Kobe University from 1996-2002 and at  Amsterdam University  of Applied Sciences from 2003 to 2007. 

        Since 2002, he has focused  on public philosophy, giving lectures and workshops to organisations  and companies.

        He is author of Abundance (2005), Reframing - the art of Thinking Differently (2013) and editor of the collection Thinking about Money and Value (2014, in Dutch). 

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