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Existentialism

Believing in free will makes you feel more like your true self

The Conversation US | Posted 09.28.2016 | Religion
The Conversation US

Elizabeth Seto, Texas A&M University Do we have free will? This is a question that scholars have debated for centuries and will probably continue to...

A Closer Look at Mental Illness' Link to Creativity

Meghan McDonald | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
Meghan McDonald

Image is screenshot from film "Melancholia" When listening to Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows," reading a Virginia Woolf novel or learning Charles Dar...

Killing Yourself Too Late -- Rearranging The Psychic Furniture With Nihilist Emil Cioran

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara Falconer Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall How does this thought hit you: "I live only because it is in my power to die whenever I want; without the idea of suicide...

Stop Running Away From Global Warming, Fort McMurray

Scott Thill | Posted 05.06.2017 | Green
Scott Thill

A boomtown pops up out of nowhere to become one of the largest, dirtiest oil projects in the world, much less its Canadian home. It quickly rips open ...

The 5 Stages of My Queer Existential Dread

Sidney Chase | Posted 05.03.2017 | Queer Voices
Sidney Chase

There's a certain kind of burden that comes with being born outside the safety bubble of heteronormativity that leaves you feeling constantly vulnerable.

Free by Dissonance

Adaam James Levin - Areddy | Posted 04.09.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Adaam James Levin - Areddy

Freedom is perhaps the most elusive idea in modernist lore, but one to which we all subscribe. We can probably all agree that freedom is good and the opposite is bad. Agreeing on what freedom actually is or what's so great about it, however, is a whole other matter.

The Meaning of Life Can't Be Found by a Google Search

Jo Fraser | Posted 02.16.2017 | Technology
Jo Fraser

Over the years the deepest questions of our existence have snuck into the list of top trending searches worldwide. We might be wondering "how to twerk?", or "who is Gossip Girl?", but we've also been Googling "what is the meaning of life?" and "what is love?"

Existential Questions for a More Meaningful Valentine's Day

Skye Cleary | Posted 02.07.2017 | Women
Skye Cleary

Whether you love or hate Valentine's Day, at the very least it's a reminder to reflect on our relationships, and to think about how we can love better...

Was Moses an Existentialist? And What Does That Mean for Your Career Path?

Yaacov Cohen | Posted 01.26.2017 | Religion
Yaacov Cohen

According to Søren Kierkegaard, the first existentialist philosopher, "Each individual is solely responsible for giving meaning to life and living it passionately and sincerely."

What Is Authentic Love? Simone de Beauvoir on Romance

Skye Cleary | Posted 01.07.2017 | Women
Skye Cleary

Does finding "the one" and living happily ever after sound ideal? Has your happiness ever depended on a lover? Has your lover ever tried to stop you from pursuing your hopes and dreams (or vice versa)?

The Meaning of Life and Death (in Politics)

Uriel Abulof | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

Irrational! How else can we explain the conducts of Putin, Netanyahu, Maduro, Jammeh, Kim Jong-un, Tsipras and ISIS? But to understand both the lure of "irrational" leaders and ideologies and the troubles of western liberalism, we must grasp people's subjective rationales.

How to Write a Love Letter: Inspiration from Beauvoir and Sartre

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.24.2016 | Women
Skye Cleary

Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates.

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2016 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

How to Love Yourself: Max Stirner's Relationship Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 10.21.2016 | Women
Skye Cleary

Although Max Stirner was more famous for extreme individualism and inspiring radical feminists than for relationship advice, Stirner loved loving and argues that we can't have really rewarding relationships unless we love ourselves first.

Existential Fashion Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 09.04.2016 | Style
Skye Cleary

While we don't know what was in Søren or Regine's bag, below are a few suggestions regarding what your bag might reveal about your existential lifestyle.

Simone de Beauvoir and Loving Authentically

Skye Cleary | Posted 08.03.2016 | Home
Skye Cleary

Romantic loving is, for Simone de Beauvoir, existentially dangerous. Romantic relationships can be such intoxicating experiences that lovers get lost in euphoria. Authentic loving, according to Beauvoir, needs to overcome such traps.

7 Existential Life Lessons in Woody Allen's Irrational Man

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Skye Cleary

Could you murder, if it was for a good cause? Woody Allen's movie Irrational Man toys with this question, and whether murder can be justified on existential grounds.

New York Cocktail Philosophy

Skye Cleary | Posted 07.19.2016 | New York
Skye Cleary

On Saturday July 18 the best cocktail bars in the world were judged at the Tales of the Cocktail Annual Spirited Awards in New Orleans. New York City was well represented. The Dead Rabbit took home awards for the World's Best Cocktail Bar and Menu.

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

Albert Vs. Jean-Paul: Why Camus Was Not an Existentialist

Greg J. Stone | Posted 06.30.2016 | Arts
Greg J. Stone

When Johnny Depp raises a wry eyebrow on screen, it's an "existential performance." When Donald Rumsfeld spoke of "unknown unknowns," it was existential poetry. Though many politicians and entertainers welcome the label, now applied so loosely, Camus certainly did not.

10 Questions to Discuss Before Marrying According to a Gay Philosopher

Skye Cleary | Posted 06.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Skye Cleary

Nietzsche loved love and thought highly of marriage. Yet, he worried about love's intoxicating and delusional nature and encourages lovers to balance passion with reason by ensuring that marriage is a strong and meaningful choice.

Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue: A Response to the Massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church

Rabbi Steven C. Wernick | Posted 06.24.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick

An act such as this mandates a prolonged and proactive response. The Charleston massacre brought our nation together, eliciting a great outcry from faith leaders, television hosts, celebrities, communal organizations, humanitarians, educators, houses of worship and more.

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Marcia Liss | Posted 06.09.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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All Your Existential Worries Are Catalogued In One Hilarious Instagram Account

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts

The Internet's greatest gift to society: an outlet for the never-ending river of frustrations that is life. Our favorite virtual answer to sublime hop...

To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream

Julian Mitchell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Channeling the revolutionary essence of the Harlem Renaisance, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly is a gripping, soul-driven melodrama that masterfully depicts the story of a courageous young man fighting through the painful process of liberating himself.