“Living Authentically in an Inauthentic Age” with guest Gordon Marino


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One in six Americans take psychiatric drugs, yet the country is becoming less happy. As a people, we are angry, suspicious, and alienated, but we are not the first generation to feel this way. The existentialists got there first. On this episode of Why? Radio, we look at this 19th and 20th century philosophical movement to consider what its adherents might have to say about Facebook, happiness, integrity, and, of course, authenticity. We consider the meaning of freedom, agency, success, and even boxing, to explore what it means to live full, honest lives in an age of social networks and materialism.

Gordon Marino is a Professor of Philosophy and curator of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf’s College in Minnesota. He is author and editor of several books, including, The Existentialist’s Survival Guide, How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age, which was just released a couple of weeks ago.

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