Mar 26, 2023
On episode 166, we welcome Adam Sandel to discuss the consequences of obsessive striving, how the philosophy of the enlightenment helped create a culture obsessed with social progress, why a good life shouldn’t only entail endeavors to make the world or our lives better, enjoying activities for their own sake, the transitory nature of success and Adam’s gaining and losing the Guinness world pull-ups record, why happiness is unpredictable and we’re often happier with imagined success, criticisms of stoic philosophy and the importance of friendship as more than a preferred indifferent, what Socrates can teach us about self-possession and its contribution to well-being, and the significance of learning universal truths from nature.
Adam Sandel is a philosopher, Guinness World Record holder for Most Pull-Ups in One Minute, and an award-winning teacher. Author of the critically acclaimed book The Place of Prejudice: A Case for Reasoning within the World, Sandel has taught at Harvard University and is currently an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn. His newest book, available now, is called Happiness in Action: A Philosopher’s Guide to the Good Life.
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