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Life is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way - Kieran Setiya, Ph.D. and Jim Holt
There is no cure for the human condition: life is hard. But Kieran Setiya, Ph.D. believes philosophy can help. He offers us a map for navigating rough terrain, from personal trauma to the injustice and absurdity of the world. In his profound and personal book Life is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way, Setiya draws on ancient and modern philosophy as well as fiction, history, memoir, film, comedy, social science, and stories from Setiya’s own experience. Life Is Hard is a book for this moment—a work of solace and compassion.

Warm, accessible, and good-humored, Life is Hard is about making the best of a bad lot. It offers guidance for coping with pain and making new friends, for grieving the lost and failing with grace, for confronting injustice and searching for meaning in life. Countering pop psychologists and online influencers who admonish us to “find our bliss” and “live our best lives,” Setiya acknowledges that the best is often out of reach. Instead, he asks how we can weather life’s adversities, finding hope and living well when life is hard.

Setiya will be in conversation with Jim Holt, author of the 2012 book "Why Does the World Exist?," an international best-seller that has been translated into twenty languages. He is also the author of When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought (2018) and Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes (2008). Holt is a longtime contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of "Life is Hard" from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Setiya that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://bit.ly/SetiyaBookPurchase

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Mar 16, 2023 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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