Seize The Moment Podcast

Skye Cleary, How to Live a Good Life According to Existentialism

On episode 40, we welcome philosopher Skye Cleary to discuss authentic, romantic love, creating meaning according to existential philosophy, and how to effectively deal with the existential dread that all of us face.

Skye C. Cleary is the author of Existentialism and Romantic Love (2015) and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life (2020). She teaches at Columbia University, City College of New York, and Barnard College, and previously at the New York Public Library.

Skye is also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Philosophical Association’s blog. She has a black belt in taekwondo and loves scuba diving.

Skye Cleary (Barnard College/Columbia University)

Romantic love is often possessive and selfish, as many of us fall for the potentials of who our partners could be. Philosopher Skye Cleary taught us how to understand love in a healthier way, focusing on the importance of accepting your companion and, also, contributing to her or his psychological growth.

Leaping into a relationship is always scary because there are so many unknowns, such as whether it will last, whether it will change, and whether the other person loves us as much as we love them. Without this risk, there’s less anxiety but also less excitement. For many people, the excitement is worth the risk.

– Skye Cleary, Break This Down: Digital Dating

Each of us are thrown into an uncertain and chaotic world, and forced to make sense of and create meaning for our lives. Existential philosophy offers us a map of how the world works and a set of guideposts to help us answer the right questions in order to live meaningful lives.

How To Live A Good Life Book talk

On April 30th, Shakespeare & Co bookstore welcome Skye Cleary, Massimo Pigliucci, and Anne Klaeysen, Jamie Lombardi to discuss their new book “How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Personal Philosophy”.

The book talk which starts at 7PM, features a Q&A session and book signing. The event is free to attend. For more information visit


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