what is the meaning of

life?
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My name is Stefani. I started having panic attacks about dying and the meaning of life when I was four years old. Since then I have spent my entire life looking for answers.

Some of this quest has taken place on stage, dancing. Some it happened deep in prayer in Taiwanese monasteries. Some it meant traipsing barefoot over the alps, watching the sun rise from base camps on Colorado mountaintops, digging my toes into the coarse sands of the South China Sea. Some it happened at protests. For many years it meant running an organisation that promotes women’s empowerment. Mostly, though, it has involved reading a very significant quantity of books.

Nowadays, after having just completing a PhD in religion and theology at the University of Oxford in England, I am composing a book that puts affect theory and existentialism in dialogue to propose a new theory of religion.

 

Stefani Ruper
LATEST PODCASTS
Bonus Episode: Finding Meaning in Coronavirus

Bonus Episode: Finding Meaning in Coronavirus

Here are the notes for the coronavirus bonus episode of Naked Humanity. I have taken a pause from our regular programming to respond to the flood of people asking me to talk about coronavirus. In the beginning of this episode I briefly address anxiety and coping...

#57: What Makes Things Funny with Alex Farrow

#57: What Makes Things Funny with Alex Farrow

Here are the notes for episode #57 of Naked Humanity. Alex Farrow is both a philosophy teacher AND a really extraordinary stand up comedian (I’ve seen his show live!) so this is a heck of a podcast. Alex and I chat about what he learned teaching philosophy to high...

#56x: If I were Emperor for a Day…

#56x: If I were Emperor for a Day…

Here are the notes for episode #56 of Naked Humanity. A listener wrote in and asked me: Stefani, if you were Emperor of the World for a day, what would you do? I sat down and put some thought into the question, and came up with a list of four things involving...

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The Destructive Side of Science

The Destructive Side of Science

Just before his death in 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus argued that the Earth revolves around the Sun in a book called On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres. This moment is often heralded as the birth of modern science. Now, theories and experiments that we would...

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How Scientists Stole the Philosopher’s Job

How Scientists Stole the Philosopher’s Job

Neil de Grasse Tyson’s most recent book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry has been on the New York Times bestseller list for twenty-five weeks. You might think this achievement means there is something new or exciting about the book, but there isn’t, really. What...

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