Carpe Diem Regained

The Vanish Art of Seizing the Day

Fri 20 Apr 2018 | 18:00 | Petrassi hall
Carpe diem – seize the day – is one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history, going back to the Roman poet Horace. But what does it really mean? And how can we use it to rethink the art of living? In this talk based on his new book Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day, popular philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the life-changing potential of carpe diem and its role in the practice of existential freedom. He delves into its many interpretations, from the grasping of opportunities to wild hedonism and calm living in the moment, and examines its hijacking by consumer culture and the modern mindfulness movement. Drawing on everything from medieval carnival traditions to the neuropsychology of risk, Krznaric looks at how we might overcome the pervasive denial of death in modern society, confront the spectre of procrastination, and ultimately shift from belief to action so we become the authors of our own lives.
Roman Krznaric (School of Life - Carpe diem regained)

Marco Motta (Radio3Scienza)
tickets at € 3.00