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In Search of Wisdom is a podcast for seekers and curious minds interested in timeless principles and practices for everyday life. Join the search with J.W. Bertolotti from the Perennial Leader Project as he engages in meaningful conversations with leading thinkers in philosophy, theology, and everything in between. Learn more at PerennialLeader.com.

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    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

In Search of Wisdom is a podcast for seekers and curious minds interested in timeless principles and practices for everyday life. Join the search with J.W. Bertolotti from the Perennial Leader Project as he engages in meaningful conversations with leading thinkers in philosophy, theology, and everything in between. Learn more at PerennialLeader.com.

    Getting Over Yourself with Jay Garfield

    Getting Over Yourself with Jay Garfield

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    In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Prof. Jay Garfield, author of Losing Ourselves: Learning to Live without a Self. Jay Garfield is the Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Logic, and Buddhist Studies at Smith College and a visiting professor of Buddhist philosophy at Harvard Divinity School. Prof. Garfield is the author of multiple books, including Buddhist Philosophy, Engaging Buddhism, and Buddhist Ethics.

    Key Takeaways:
    What it means to lose ourselvesThe difference between conventional and ultimate truthsWhy losing ourselves connects with an ethical lifeHow to reclaim our humanity***If you enjoyed the conversation (and are interested in learning more), I encourage you to listen to Jay’s conversation on The Wisdom Podcast. 
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    • 54 min
    True, Good, and Beautiful with Shane Trotter | The Character Lab

    True, Good, and Beautiful with Shane Trotter | The Character Lab

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    The Character Lab is a new series on In Search of Wisdom designed to explore various aspects of character development. The series is a joint venture with my friend and previous podcast guest, Shane Trotter (author of Setting the Bar). In this episode, Shane and I discuss the complex topic of objective morality and the shift towards moral relativism in society. We explore the role of judgment in ethics and the need for cognitive flexibility, the provisional nature of moral behavior, and the inherent insight humans have into right and wrong. We also touch on the tendency towards moral relativism, the need for clarity in virtues, and the importance of serving the greater good. 
    Key Takeaways
    Society has seen a shift towards moral relativism, where individuals believe that there is no objective good or bad.Moral objectivism suggests that there are universal truths of morality that humans have independently come to throughout history.The tension between pluralism and dogmatism highlights the need for open-mindedness and the recognition of competing moralities.Discerning right from wrong is challenging and requires wisdom, discussion, and the pursuit of excellence in character development.---
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Life (and Wisdom) of Socrates | Perennial Lives

    The Life (and Wisdom) of Socrates | Perennial Lives

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    Perennial Lives is a new series on In Search of Wisdom exploring The Art of Living: From Socrates to Aquinas. Each episode examines the life and wisdom of one perennial figure in an attempt to keep learning how to live.
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    • 16 min
    A Philosophical Guide to Anxiety with Samir Chopra

    A Philosophical Guide to Anxiety with Samir Chopra

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    In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Samir Chopra, author of the new book Anxiety: A Philosophical Guide. Samir is a philosophical counselor and professor emeritus of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In the conversation, we discuss the meaning of anxiety and how it can help us learn more about ourselves and the world around us. You can learn more about Samir’s work at Samirchopra.com.
    Key Takeaways
    Philosophy can provide comfort and insight in dealing with personal challenges and emotions like anxiety.Anxiety can be a teacher, providing self-knowledge and insight into our values and priorities.Medicating anxiety can be a complex issue, as it may suppress opportunities for self-discovery and growth.Wisdom is an ongoing process of acquiring a vision of our place in the world and understanding the unalterable aspects of existence.🎧 For more wisdom, subscribe to The Wisdom School (Apple Podcasts or Spotify).
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    "What is the Nature of God?" with Simon Drew | Living the Questions

    "What is the Nature of God?" with Simon Drew | Living the Questions

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    In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Simon Drew from the Walled Garden Philosophical Society. As many of you know, Simon is a friend, poet, musician, philosopher, and someone deeply interested in life’s questions. Today’s episode is Part V of an ongoing series called Living the Questions (Catch up on previous volumes: I, II, III, & IV). The title is inspired by a famous quote from Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, "Live the questions for now. Perhaps then, without even noticing it, you will gradually come, on some far-off day, to live your way into the answer."
    SummaryIn this conversation, Simon and I explore the nature of God and the value of contemplating the question. We discuss the importance of living with the questions and embracing the mystery of God's nature. We also discuss the challenges of seeking and discerning the right way, the concept of living with unresolved questions, and the importance of embracing patience. We highlight the power of questions and the need for humility in the pursuit of truth and much more
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Christian Philosophy as a Way of Life with Ross D. Inman

    Christian Philosophy as a Way of Life with Ross D. Inman

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    In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Ross D. Inman, the author of Christian Philosophy as a Way of Life. In the conversation, Ross discusses the connection between Christianity and philosophy, the importance of asking big questions, and the role of wonder in daily life. We discuss how philosophy can be a way of life, why contemplation leads to a deeper understanding of truth and much more. Learn more about Ross’s work here.
    Key Takeaways
    Christianity and philosophy are interconnected and can provide a framework for understanding reality and the good life.Asking big questions is an integral part of intellectual and spiritual growth.Wonder is a natural human experience that can lead to a deeper appreciation of the world and a sense of awe.Philosophy can be a way of life, guiding one's beliefs, principles, and practices.🎧 For more wisdom, subscribe to The Wisdom School (Apple Podcasts or Spotify).
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

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Amazing podcast!

This is a fantastic podcast! I love the episodes with Massimo and Oliver! Can’t recommend this podcast enough!

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Why does everything have to be about stoicism?

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