Meaning & the Good Life


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Idea/Film & Television

Philosophy has a lot to learn from film

Costica Bradatan

Essay/Meaning & the Good Life

Do we matter in the cosmos?

Humanity is nothing more than a microscopic blip in the universe. But does that mean we are insignificant?

Nick Hughes

Essay/Values & Beliefs

Dissolving the ego

You don’t need drugs or a church for an ecstatic experience that helps transcend the self and connect to something bigger

Jules Evans

Video/Meaning & the Good Life

Late in life, Fred finds joy – and a ‘rhythm in all things’ – through tap dance

6 minutes

Essay/Meaning & the Good Life

End-times for humanity

Humanity is more technologically powerful than ever before, and yet we feel ourselves to be increasingly fragile. Why?

Claire Colebrook

Idea/Values & Beliefs

To be happier, focus on what’s within your control

Massimo Pigliucci

Idea/Values & Beliefs

How ‘The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám’ inspired Victorian hedonists

Roman Krznaric

Classic /Meaning & the Good Life
CLASSIC

On the happy life

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 64 CE

With a new introduction and commentary by Massimo Pigliucci

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Video/Meaning & the Good Life

After a landslide destroys her village, a woman rebuilds her life in a changed landscape

14 minutes

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Video/Neuroscience

A happy life is built on pleasures such as sex and food, but also company and variety

7 minutes

Video/Film & Television

‘What’s going on?’ How seeking meaning is futile in the Coen Brothers’ universe

8 minutes

Essay/Meaning & the Good Life

Dreadful dads

Few of the great existentialists had children. How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

John Kaag & Clancy Martin

Essay/Love & Friendship

Bad friends

Even the best of friends can fill you with tension and make you sick. Why does friendship so readily turn toxic?

Carlin Flora

Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it’s necessary

Emrys Westacott

Essay/Work

Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

James Livingston

Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

What the Aztecs can teach us about happiness and the good life

Sebastian Purcell

Essay/Illness & Disease

Being ill, living well

Some say that illness is morally improving, others that there is nothing good about being sick. Can philosophy adjudicate?

Ian J Kidd

Idea/Ethics

Being moral means you can never do enough

Michael Mitchell

Idea/Ethics

The desire to fit in is the root of almost all wrongdoing

Christopher Freiman

Idea/Ethics

Does late parenthood deprive children of grandparental love?

Hannah Maslen

Essay/Ethics

The case against pets

A morally just world would have no pets, no aquaria, no zoos. No fields of sheep, no barns of cows. That’s true animal rights

Gary L Francione & Anna E Charlton

Idea/Death

What makes zombies so scary? Hint: it’s not the brain-eating

David Andrew Stoler

Video/Food & Drink

Why you might want to be a simple oyster in the next life

1 minutes

Essay/Death

Why is death bad?

Even without a hereafter, dying gets a bad rap. But why exactly is it no good – because of what happens, or what doesn’t?

Eric Olson

Video/Consciousness & Altered States

A neurologist finds peace and happiness in the feeling of constant acceleration

16 minutes

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Video/Values & Beliefs

Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key

6 minutes

Video/Food & Drink

The best way to eat an oyster is the way you like it at the moment you crave it

5 minutes

Essay/Food & Drink

Recipe for success

Who should we admire more: the Michelin-starred chef with his teams and glamour, or the unsung but brilliant cook?

Julian Baggini

Essay/Ethics

High five!

Why, in the entire history of human life, did awesomeness become the great virtue of our age (and suckiness its vice)?

Nick Riggle

Essay/Old Age & Death

Ask the aged

Who better to answer questions about the purpose of life than someone who has been living theirs for a long time?

Karl Pillemer