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Seeking Life

Seeking Life

By Shaler Keenum
In this weekly podcast join me in learning how to live well. Covering a variety of topics important to life, we will seek to live a life that constantly moves towards human flourishing (eudaimonia). That's generally what we do here.
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On Racial Inequality
I haven't made an episode in a while, but I cannot remain silent on the racial inequality in our country. We must work to improve the racial inequality that systemically pervades our society.
June 02, 2020
019 - New Beginnings
This week, we will discuss beginnings and endings and how these go together. We will also briefly discuss time as a concept.
December 30, 2019
018 - It's Not About Me
Christmas is this week, so to fit with the spirit of the season, we are going to discuss the nature of joy and how it ties in with selflessness.
December 23, 2019
017 - Family and Tradition
This week, we will continue discussing some Christmas related topics by discussing family and tradition. We will largely emphasize choosing to see family members as friends and how this is beneficial.
December 16, 2019
016 - Materialism and... Stuff...
This week, we will take a look at materialism through the lens of the prevalence of materialism around Christmas. We will also look some at mind-body dualism and monism and the relation of these to materialism.
December 09, 2019
015 - Morality Wars
This week we will discuss morality. We will look at the three main moral systems: deontology, consequentialism, and virtue ethics. We will also see how these can be seen in popular culture through the Avengers movies.
December 02, 2019
014 - Thinking of Thanks
Thanksgiving is this week so it is only fitting that we discuss thankfulness. In this episode, we will consider the nature of thankfulness as well as its connection to optimism. We will also discuss the difference between being "thankful for" and "thankful to."
November 25, 2019
013 - Fate, Luck, and Free Will
Seeing as 13 is typically regarded as an unlucky number, I figured we might as well take this week to discuss fate, luck, and free will. We will discuss Voltaire and Tolstoy's arguments against free will and the implications of these.
November 18, 2019
012 - What is Man?
An essential question that we deal with is: What does it mean to be human? This week, we will look at this question and seek to answer it partially by looking at the states of nature described by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.
November 11, 2019
011 - Peace and Quiet
Peace and rest are essential to living well. This week, we will discussion the relationship between peace, calm, and quiet as we seek to find a more restful life.
November 04, 2019
010 - What Makes Us Happy
This week we will discuss what it is that makes us happy. We will go over several key qualities that these things must have and work to find what actually can lead to our happiness. We will be using some quotes from Pascal to help discover these qualities.
October 28, 2019
009 - Let's Talk About Love
We all love something in life. This week we will discuss the Platonic tripartite soul, ordering of the soul, and ordering of loves. We will work to see the value of properly ordering what we love.
October 21, 2019
008 - Contentment vs Satisfaction
We all desire satisfaction. In this week's episode we will discuss what satisfaction and contentment mean, how they are different, and how they relate to each other. We strive to be content yet never satisfied.
October 14, 2019
007 - The Illusion of Relative Truth
Relative truth commonly comes up in our society's understanding of truth. In this episode, we will discuss what relativism and truth mean, delve a little into what perspectivism is, and discuss what it means to seek after truth.
October 07, 2019
006 - Why Virtue?
This week, we will discuss what exactly virtue means, why we should even pursue it, and how to pursue virtue. We will see that virtue is possible in all aspects of life and be challenged to start seeking virtue daily.
September 30, 2019
005 - My Life Philosophy
In this week's episode, we will discuss how to live well on a large scale. We will learn how to ask questions and philosophize with the intent of constantly learning how to live well.
September 23, 2019
004 - Finding Friendship
In this week's episode, we will learn about three different types of friendship, all of which are important. We will discuss the traits, benefits, and challenges of each of these types of friendship.
September 16, 2019
003 - Forget the Future
In this episode, we will discuss how we often lose track of the present because we are often focused on establishing a future we can never be certain of. We will learn together how to better live in the present by forgetting the future.
September 09, 2019
002 - Be Intentional, Live Small
In this episode, we will begin to discover how to live well with an emphasis on the effort and focus we should put into life.
September 02, 2019
001 - Who Am I?
In this episode, we will discuss who I am, who you are, and who we all are. We will learn about what identity is and what it means to know who you are.
August 26, 2019
000 - Eudaimonia (Preview)
In this preview episode, we will discuss what it means to live life well, how to seek after a life of eudaimonia (human flourishing), and talk about the purpose and hopes of this podcast.
August 14, 2019