Is your life intense enough?

The ancient conception of wisdom entailed a well-planned winding down of futile daily activities in order to reach a state of contentment through a life of measured soul-management. We are unfortunately a long way from the ideal of the Stoics and Renaissance humanists such as Montaigne. Instead, we cannot imagine our lives without a constant access to our close friends, remote acquaintances, work colleagues and the wider world of politics and entertainment. Nineteenth-century science opened a Pandora’s box of seemingly ...

Should we read Camus?

 Albert Camus died fifty years ago in an absurd car crash which froze his existentialist reputation for ever and left his philosophical rival, Jean-Paul Sartre, as the unchallenged spokesman of post-war French Philosophy. Camus has long suffered from a reductive reading of his works and a superficial appraisal of his contribution to the central ethical and political questions still at the heart of the human condition. Unlike his fellow-intellectuals, the author of The Outsider was not brought up in a ...