Why are you alive?
Using ideas from Existential philosophy to turn your life into a work of art
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 short, introductory course - you can take in all the material in a couple of hours, but if you do the exercises it will take significantly longer - 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 is composed of 11 short 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), some short texts, and a series of exercises for you to try out in your daily life.
Karim Benammar is a philosopher exploring paradigm shifts, meaning and 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).