Existentialism, Nihilism, Sartre, Nietzsche, and Living in bad Faith | Dr. Joel Smith #61

Existentialism, Nihilism, Sartre, Nietzsche, and Living in bad Faith | Dr. Joel Smith #61

Existentialism, Nihilism, Sartre, Nietzsche, and Living in bad Faith | Dr. Joel Smith #61 

If you love philosophy, this is the episode for you. Our guest for this episode is Dr. Joel Smith. He's a philosophy lecturer at the University of Manchester. He's written a fantastic book: Existentialism: A Philosophical Inquiry. I've read quite a few books on philosophy over the years, but I particularly enjoyed Joel's because of its clarity and stated goals from the outset. Joel wants to reclaim existentialism to a degree--to bring it back from being little more than slogans like, "existence precedes essence." Don't worry; we're going to be talking about that particular statement and what Sartre actually mean. We wrestle with names like Sartre, Nietzsche, Kant, Kierkegaard, Hegel, de Beauvoir, Hume, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few more. As always, if you appreciate the work here, let me know by hitting the subscribe button, the like button, and sharing the show with a friend. Join our growing community of individuals who care about civil discourse. 


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00:00 Teaser on Nietzsche

00:38 Introduction--I miss teaching philosophy

02:35 Start of conversation

03:15 How do you approach existentialism in your book?

09:01 What role did Kant and the Enlightenment play in developing existentialism?

16:20 Kierkegaard and the relationship between truth and value

25:32 How do you approach teaching the value of truth in class?

32:09 Did your students find comfort in philosophy during the height of the pandemic?

35:38 Why was Nietzsche interested in suffering and how it related to gods?

43:30 How does Nihilism emerge in Nietzsche's mind?

55:29 How did existentialists like Sartre and de Beauvoir respond to Nietzsche's worries about Nihilism?

1:01:45 What is de Beauvoir's story of Monique and how does it teach us about living in bad faith?

1:14:09 How do we live in self-deception?

1:23:01 My thank you to Joel

1:24:48 My closing thoughts: I'm brining in Rousseau and the chains--you know what I mean


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