What does it mean to be me?

2 minutes

Sartre and the existential choice: ‘In fashioning myself, I fashion humanity’

What’s the essence of being human? According to the 20th-century French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, existence precedes essence. In other words, ‘I am what I do.’ This, thought Sartre, makes life an anguish-inducing experience as every one of our choices becomes a statement about what we think humanity should be. ‘Condemned to be free,’ each one of us must act as if the whole world is watching.

Video by BBC Radio 4

Script: Nigel Warburton

Animation: Andrew Park

Video/Life Stages

Ageing to the beat of their own drums – from one to 100 years old

3 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Philosophy of Religion

How wonder – the linchpin of inspiration and inquiry – makes humans unique

4 minutes

Video/Art

James Turrell’s singular quest to transform a crater into a natural-light observatory

8 minutes

Idea/Ethics

It is sometimes right to fight in an unjust war

Victor Tadros

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

EXCLUSIVE
Video/Meaning & the Good Life

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

14 minutes

Essay/Political Philosophy

Join the party of love

Love is not just a feeling given or received, it is an action too. It could be a radical force in politics

Max Harris

Video/Knowledge

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our experience

3 minutes

Idea/History of Ideas

When philosophy needed Muslims, Jews and Christians alike

Peter Adamson