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Who are you? Who are any of us? Why do we feel, act and behave the way we do? Why are things this way and not that? What is really going on, just beneath the surface? What makes life worth living? The Here and Now Podcast sets out to explore these questions and many others, always asking the question, why?

Each week a new topic is explored through the lenses of psychology and philosophy. Drawing from academics, scientists and histories greatest thinkers, The Here and Now Podcast sets out to ask the big questions and explore the many ways they can be answered. There is never just one answer, life is messy, confusing and complicated, but the search continues…

The meaningless life with Professor James Tartaglia The Here and Now Podcast

To kick off the new year I recently spoke with philosopher James Tartaglia, a professor at Keele University, about nihilism and the meaning of life. It turns out, there isn’t one. But all hope is not lost as we also discuss what a modern day philosopher does, what nihilism means for everyday life, how to situate ethics in a meaningless universe, the paradox of absurdism, how to respect the views of others, the difference between evaluative and descriptive statements, the sense of self, and why seeing life as nihilistic is not as bad as it seems. Show notesProfessor James TartaligaPhilosophy in a meaningless life: A system of nihilism, consciousness and realityA defence of nihilism with Tracey LlaneraPhilosophy in a technological world: Gods and TitansThe Here and Now Podcast on FacebookThe Here and Now Podcast on TwitterSend me an emailSupport the show (
  1. The meaningless life with Professor James Tartaglia
  2. Nihilism
  3. Absurdism
  4. Existentialism
  5. Sycophancy