Why are you alive? - Key Existential ideas
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Why are you alive? - Key Existential ideas

Use key concepts and practices from Existential Philosophy to turn your life into a work of art
4.7 (29 ratings)
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Last updated 9/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 19 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Start turning your life into a work of art
  • Learn and practice key ideas from Existential philosophy
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Requirements
  • Just bring your curiosity
Description

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.

In this course you will learn to examine your life and the choices you make from the standpoint of freedom, meaning, and community. You will learn what kind of projects 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
  • some short original texts from my forthcoming book
Who is the target audience?
  • 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.
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37 Lectures
02:11:48
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How to live
2 Lectures 04:15
Why are you alive? Find out about the two key questions in your life: How to make a living and How to live.
Preview 02:39

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Fear and Laziness
3 Lectures 10:55
Fear and laziness are two things which keep us from living the life that we want to live, according to the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Find out how to choose your own path to live an "authentic" life. The exercise asks you to examine the role of fear and laziness in your own decisions.
Preview 04:20

In this narrated slideshow, you will learn about Friedrich Nietzsche's life, his main books and his core ideas such as the Death of God, Good and Evil, the Over-man, and Amor fati. After watching, you should have an understanding of who he was, what he thought, and how he inspired the Existentialists.

Friedrich Nietzsche - life and work
06:09

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The eternal return
3 Lectures 06:19
The eternal return is a key idea of Nietzsche. He believes we can use it as a criterion to make choices in our lives. Find out what it is, and whether you can use it in daily life to live the life you truly want to live.
The eternal return
04:54

The eternal return - Nietzsche's text
01:02

The eternal return - exercise
00:23
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Abundance
4 Lectures 13:33
Living from a position of abundance is very different than living from a position of scarcity, Abundance is one of the reasons that we have to give shape to our lives. Can you make the shift from what you take to what you give? How could that affect the way you live?
Abundance
05:01

In this narrated slideshow, you will learn about Georges Bataille's life, his main books, his core ideas of surplus expenditure and the "Accursed share". After watching, you should have an understanding of who he was, what he thought, and why it matters to us for our understanding of abundance and the surplus of energy we have at our disposal in our lives.

Georges Bataille - Life and work
05:23

Abundance - text
02:51

Abundance - exercise
00:17
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Meaning and the Absurd
4 Lectures 20:47
What if there is no deeper meaning to our existence? The philosopher Albert Camus thought that this was the case, and he called our desire for meaning absurd.Find out how you can use the absurd to live a life of passion and to be proud of being human.
Preview 06:53

In this narrated slideshow, you will learn about Albert Camus' life, his main books, and two of his core ideas: the absurd hero and rebellion. After watching, you should have an understanding of who he was, what he thought, and why it matters to us as we try to give shape to our own lives.

Preview 10:34


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Radical freedom
4 Lectures 19:25
We are radically free, and radically responsible, according to philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Find out how you can live a life without excuses.
Radical freedom
06:19

In this narrated slideshow, you will learn about Jean-Paul Sartre's life, his main books, and two of his core ideas: existentialism and "bad faith". After watching, you should have an understanding of who he was, what he thought, and why it matters to us as we shape our lives through our actions.

Jean-Paul Sartre - Life and work
07:06

Radical freedom - text
05:50

Radical freedom - exercise
00:10
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Freedom as practice
3 Lectures 10:35
Our freedom is limited by institutions and language, according to the philosopher Michel Foucault. Find out how you can question structures of domination and engage in freedom as practice.
Freedom as practice
04:53

Freedom as practice - text
05:26

Freedom as practice - exercise
00:15
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Community
3 Lectures 07:15
We are born and live amidst others, but our consciousness is radically individual. We live in implicit and in chose communities. Find out how our choice of community helps to determine our identity and gives shape to our lives.
Community
04:15

Community - text
02:44

Community - exercise
00:15
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Projects
3 Lectures 11:48
The key to giving meaning to your life is to engage in projects. Find out what characteristics these projects should have, and what they do not need to be. What projects will you engage in?
Preview 06:25


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Life as a work of art
5 Lectures 19:15
According to Foucault, we should be able to turn our lives into a work of art. Find out why this matters and how to go about doing it.
Life as a work of art
05:22

In this narrated slideshow, you will learn about Michel Foucault's life and his main books. After watching, you should have an understanding of who he was and what he thought.

Michel Foucault - Life and work
03:03

In this narrated slideshow, you will learn about Michel Foucault's core idea of Power/Knowledge. After watching, you should have an understanding of why this matters to us to question forms of dominance as we engage in freedom as practice.

Michel Foucault - Power/Knowledge
03:48

In this narrated slideshow, you will learn about Michel Foucault's core idea about the care of the Self. After watching, you should have an understanding of why this matters to us when we engage in freedom as practice to turn our lives into a work of art.

Michel Foucault - The care of the Self
06:42

Life as a work of art - exercise
00:20
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About the Instructor
Karim Benammar, Ph.D.
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Philosopher and author

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 connected to THNK School of Creative Leadership and The School of Life in Amsterdam.

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).