What is existentialism and what does it have to do with living a good life?
According to William Irwin, author of The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism, existentialism is a philosophy of life that:
…reacts to an apparently absurd or meaningless world by urging the individual to overcome alienation, oppression, and despair through freedom and self-creation in order to become a genuine person.
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Can the mind be reduced to mere physio-chemical properties? Are experiences, thoughts, and feelings simply the product of chemical reactions in our brain? Atheist philosopher, Thomas Nagel, rejects such a view of the mind. In his book Mind and Cosmos, Nagel points out that belief in the material reductionist view of the mind is almost certainly false.
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In this podcast interview, I talk with Scott Perry, author of The Stoic Creative. We talk about how to use Stoicism to create a rich life of tranquility, creativity, and satisfaction.
00:00:32 What is The Stoic Creative?
00:04:37 Stoicism and creativity
00:12:53 What is Stoicism?
00:19:09 How do you practice Stoicism?
00:25:25 Advice to practice Stoicism
For those interested in freedom, psychiatry and Thomas Szasz, the book Faith in Freedom gives the reader insight into Szasz’ commitment to freedom and personal autonomy.
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In this podcast interview, I talk with Jeffery Schaler about his new book, Thomas Szasz: The Man and His Ideas. Thomas Szasz was an iconoclastic psychiatrist who did not believe in the concept of mental illness. He saw emotional distress as, “problems of living”. We talk about Szasz and what he meant when he wrote that he did not believe in “mental illness”.
00:00:00 Introduction http://www.schaler.net/
00:05:22 Responsibility vs Freedom
00:12:16 Szasz’s definition of mental illness
00:18:28 Non-coercive psychiatry
00:29:09 Freedom vs Unfreedom
00:38:17 Dealing with emotional difficulties
00:41:34 Favorite memory of Szasz
What is Autonomous Psychotherapy?
The Ethics of Psychoanalysis is a brilliant book on how to practice ethical psychotherapy. But, what is psychotherapy to a psychiatrist who does not believe in mental illness?
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Are some drugs dangerous and other drugs safe?
In his book, Ceremonial Chemistry Szasz details how drugs such as opium has been used for thousands of years, yet suddenly come to be considered dangerous. For author Thomas Szasz, addiction lies in the meaning that we assign to chemicals; not the chemical makeup of the drugs themselves.
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