Existential Roundup

Unemployed Philosophers Guild.
Unemployed Philosophers Guild.

Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community.

In honor of Thanksgiving, I would like to present a list of existential (and related) websites to be grateful for (and to browse instead of shopping, either in the stores or online). Without further ado, and with the hope that readers will start contributing their own so that this list will grow:

5+ Existential (and related) Websites for Which I Am Grateful:

Project Gutenberg—the original free eBook site, containing some of the greatest works of philosophy and literature through the early 20th century. From Plato to Wittgenstein, there is something here for everyone, and in multiple languages!

Brain Pickings—The regular email from Maria Popova’s site is often the highlight of my week. With links and recommendations to some of the best books on art, philosophy, psychology, and cultural criticism, as well as poetry and amazing illustrations, Brain Pickings regularly doubles my “need-to-read” list. And she highlights many existential thinkers regularly, including Kierkegaard, Camus, and Rilke.

Existential Comics—seriously—who doesn’t need to read these? This week’s installment—a card game between the ancient Greek philosophers. And a link to an explanation in case you don’t get the jokes. What more could you want? Epicurus?

WikiHow’s How to Be an Existentialist—for those times when I have forgotten or have been too overworked to remember. An easy five-step process for beginners and those who need a refresher or just a good laugh.

Mick Cooper’s Existential Song List on YouTube—Videos for many of the songs he found in his recent research that participants considered “existential” music. Watch and listen, and decide for yourself, or just enjoy.

And if you absolutely, positively MUST SHOP:

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild—where they have such wonderful gifts as this Sisyphus watch—watch time fly as you push the rock up the mountain only to have It tumble back down. Or pick up Nietzsche and Hannah Arendt finger puppets and put on a puppet show for your friends and family. Add a Carl Jung finger puppet and you really have a show!

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