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PHILOSOPHY - Nietzsche 6:57
PHILOSOPHY - Nietzsche
Published: 4 year ago
Nietzsche believed that the central task of philosophy was to teach us to 'become who we are'. You can find out more about him and other great thinkers in our 'Great Thinkers' book. For gifts and mor...
On Feeling Melancholy 3:2
On Feeling Melancholy
Published: 3 year ago
The word 'melancholy' puts its finger on a particular species of sadness, which isn't an illness or even a problem: it's part of being human. Please subscribe here: http://tinyurl.com/o28mut7 If you l...
Why We Go Off People Who Like Us 3:8
Why We Go Off People Who Like Us
Published: 2 year ago
Though we long for certain people to like us, an odd thing can happen once they do. What is the origin of our strange coolness towards those who show enthusiasm for us? For gifts and more from The Sc...
PHILOSOPHY - Ludwig Wittgenstein 6:58
PHILOSOPHY - Ludwig Wittgenstein
Published: 3 year ago
Ludwig Wittgenstein was a philosopher obsessed with the difficulties of language, who wanted to help us find a way out of some of the muddles we get into with words. Please subscribe here: http://tiny...
PHILOSOPHY - Soren Kierkegaard 6:47
PHILOSOPHY - Soren Kierkegaard
Published: 3 year ago
Soren Kierkegaard is useful to us because of the intensity of his despair at the compromises and cruelties of daily life. He is a companion for our darkest moments. Find out more by reading our book "...
PHILOSOPHY - Epicurus 5:25
PHILOSOPHY - Epicurus
Published: 4 year ago
This Greek philosopher, one of our favourites, spent his life arriving at fascinating answers to the largest puzzle there is: What makes people happy? If you like our films, take a look at our shop (w...
EASTERN PHILOSOPHY - Lao Tzu 5:30
EASTERN PHILOSOPHY - Lao Tzu
Published: 4 year ago
Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism. If you like our films take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): http://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/all/ SUBSCRIBE to our channel for new films every week: http://ti...
PHILOSOPHY - The Stoics 4:54
PHILOSOPHY - The Stoics
Published: 4 year ago
How the Stoics can help us tackle anxiety, fury and loss of perspective - and realise that very little is needed to make a happy life. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwid...
PHILOSOPHY - Heidegger 5:24
PHILOSOPHY - Heidegger
Published: 4 year ago
A look at Martin Heidegger - an often incomprehensible but deeply valuable German philosopher who wanted us to lead more authentic lives. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship world...
Why We Pick Difficult Partners 5:46
Why We Pick Difficult Partners
Published: 5 month ago
In theory, we're nowadays allowed to get together with pretty much anyone we like. And yet, at a psychological level, we aren't free to love just any suitable person. We have a type - and strangely an...
PHILOSOPHY - Plato 6:30
PHILOSOPHY - Plato
Published: 4 year ago
Plato was one of the world's earliest and possibly greatest philosophers. He matters because of his devotion to making humanity more fulfilled. For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit our o...
PHILOSOPHY - Albert Camus 9:37
PHILOSOPHY - Albert Camus
Published: 3 year ago
The only real question of philosophy is whether or not we should commit suicide, said Albert Camus. His thought was constantly rich and provocative (and he dressed unusually well). If you like our fi...
How to Find Fulfilling Work 5:13
How to Find Fulfilling Work
Published: 3 year ago
The key to finding fulfilling work is to think a lot, analyse one's fears, understand the market, reflect on capitalism. Find out more by attending our one-day workshop "Finding a Fulfilling Job": htt...
POLITICAL THEORY - Niccolò Machiavelli 6:53
POLITICAL THEORY - Niccolò Machiavelli
Published: 3 year ago
Machiavelli's name is a byword for immorality and political scheming. But that's deeply unfair. This was simply a political theorist interested in the survival and flourishing of the state. Please sub...
Why ‘love’ is a useless word – and three alternatives 4:15
Why ‘love’ is a useless word – and three alternatives
Published: 10 month ago
Many of our relationship problems stem from the emptiness of our vocabulary around our affectionate emotion. We have only the minimal word 'love'. Luckily, the Ancient Greeks had a more nuanced and co...
How to Process Your Emotions 3:25
How to Process Your Emotions
Published: 10 month ago
In order to be calm and at ease with ourselves, we need regular periods where we do something rather strange-sounding: process our emotions. Here is a guide to this essential psychological move. If ...
A Reason Not to Worry What Others Think 3:33
A Reason Not to Worry What Others Think
Published: 6 month ago
We spend a little too much time worrying about how we must appear in the minds of others. However, the poignant, useful truth is that almost everyone doesn't care at all about who we are, what we're d...
How to Get Over Someone 3:59
How to Get Over Someone
Published: 1 year ago
Getting over someone begins with the need to realise that there are curious pleasures available from NOT getting over them… If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): https...
The Terror of a 'No' 4:38
The Terror of a 'No'
Published: 1 year ago
We miss out on the finest opportunities of our lives because of an underlying terror of a very short word. We should overcome the fear. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwi...
Why Socrates Hated Democracy 4:22
Why Socrates Hated Democracy
Published: 2 year ago
We’re used to thinking hugely well of democracy. But interestingly, one of the wisest people who ever lived, Socrates, had deep suspicions of it. For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit o...