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Use key concepts and practices from Existential Philosophy to give shape to your life
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Why are you alive? How should you live? 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 free introductory course you will learn to examine your life and the choices you make.

The course consists of:

  • 4 thematic videos on giving shape to your life
  • 1 narrated powerpoint video on the life and work of Albert Camus
  • 2 exercises for you to try out in your daily life
  • 3 short original texts from my forthcoming book
Who is the target audience?
  • Do you see your life as something that you can shape? Have you asked yourself about the meaning of life? Are you interested in Existentialist philosophy? Then this introductory course is for you.
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Introduction: How to live
3 Lectures 05:27

A one-minute introduction of myself and the course content.

Introductory lecture

Why are you alive? Find out about the two key questions in your life: How to make a living and How to live.

How to live

Fear and Laziness - Friedrich Nietzsche
2 Lectures 04:48
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.
Fear and laziness

Fear and laziness - exercise
Meaning and the Absurd - Albert Camus
4 Lectures 20:49

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.

Meaning and the Absurd

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.
Albert Camus - Life and work

Meaning and the Absurd - text

Meaning and the Absurd - exercise
3 Lectures 11:47
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?
Projects - video

Projects - text

Projects - exercise
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About the Instructor
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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).

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