#009 Soulmates, Sartre, and Beauvoir with Skye Cleary

It’s quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don’t do it.
— Jean-Paul Sartre

In this episode we explore how the Existentialists view the concepts of soul mates and marriage. Our guest, philosopher and author of Existentialism and Love, Dr. Skye Cleary shares her insights about Sartre, de Beauvoir, and whether or not we should really promise, "till death do us part." #TheHappierHour

Show Notes: 

Existentialism: Existence proceeds essence. 

Episode 008: Your Love Blueprint and Sigmund Freud with Terri Cole

Sartre's Playboy Interview 

The Myth of Other Half (video)

Episode #002:  Beginnings with Plato and Dorie Clark

Are You Romantic or Classical? (video)  via The School of Life

Marry or don't marry, you will regret both. - Kierkegaard

By Jean Paul Sartre:

Being And Nothingness

No Exit


By Simone de Beauvoir:

She Came To Stay

The Second Sex

The Ethics of Ambiguity

By Skye Cleary:

Existentialism And Romantic Love

If you were getting married today, what would you want to say in your vows?


Skye C. Cleary is an Australian philosopher in NYC.  She’s the author of Existentialism and Romantic Love, and teaches at Columbia, Barnard, and City College of New York.  Her work has been published with Aeon, Ted-Ed, The Paris Review, and others. She co-hosts a Philosophy Café with Massimo Pigliucci and is the Leading Editor of the Blog of the American Philosophical Association. She has a black belt in taekwondo, loves cocktails, cares about marine conservation, and often wonders what it’d be like to be a mermaid.  Learn more about Skye at skyecleary.com and@Skye_Cleary

Photography by Show By Rod

Photography by Show By Rod