Existential Approaches to Human Development – Martin Adams
What is life for, existentially? We are born and then we die and our life task is to make something of the time in between with no way of knowing how long we have got.
In living towards an unknown future we are challenged daily with the paradox that while life will always be a mystery, it is this that makes life worth living.
So, what do we mean when we say that human beings develop, and what are the limits to human potential?
In the first part of this talk, Martin will look at what six existential philosophers, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Simone de Beauvoir have said about how we become who we are.
In the second part, he will draw out some common themes and relate these to everyday life and by implication, to therapeutic practice.
- Adams, M. (2018) An Existential Approach To Human Development: Philosophical And Therapeutic Perspectives. London: Palgrave
- Stolorow, R. (2007) Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic and Philosophical Reflections. New York: The Analytic Press.
- Sartre, J-P (1961) Words. London: Penguin.
- Crawford, M. (2010) The Case for Working with Your Hands: or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good. London: Penguin.
- de Beauvoir, S. (2015) The Ethics of Ambiguity (trans. B. Frechtman). New York: Citadel (First published 1947).