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Wilhelm Schmid

Giving Life Meaning - On the Art of Living with Others and the World

(German title: Dem Leben Sinn geben)
ca. 472 pages
Clothbound
2013
Wilhelm Schmid
Foto: Wilhelm Schmid
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Wilhelm Schmid, freelance philosopher, born in 1953, lives in Berlin and teaches Philosophy at the University of Erfurt. For many years, he taught as a visiting professor in Riga/Latvia and in Tiflis/Georgia and worked as a »philosophical counsellor« at a hospital near Zurich/Switzerland. He is a soughtafter guest speaker and has been giving lectures in China and South Korea since 2010. He was awarded the Meckatzer Prize for Philosophy in 2012 and the Egnér Prize in 2013. His works have been translated into 25 languages, his bestselling book Gelassenheit has sold over 600.000 copies.

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»What is the meaning of our existence?«

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More and more people are in search of meaning. But why? And where might they look to find it?
In Giving Life Meaning, Wilhelm Schmid shows how humans need meaning in order to live, and that they find it above all in the interpersonal sphere, in the establishment, maintenance, and protection of relationships.

»An immense potential for meaning and hence energy is to be found in that which people call love

The author starts out from the observation that many people find meaning in love, and that when love falls apart, their lives appear meaningless. So why do we let everything depend on the success of one love? Wouldn’t it be better to have loves, plural?


Multiple possible loves and their potential for meaning form the core of this book: Love in the family and between friends, the love of animals and of nature, of art and culture, of life, of death, and of a possible hereafter. Schmid devotes particular attention to loving your enemies: is it possible to grant enmity a role in giving life meaning?

After Re-inventing Love this is the second part of a project with which the author seeks to establish a foundation for a comprehensive Art of Love. For the art of loving is the fundamental element of any art of living. This book makes clear just how diverse and unfathomable meaning can be. Wilhelm Schmid is not out to preach any ultimate truths, but rather to help individuals find their own truth as a means of leading a life full of love and meaning.

Praise

»Schmid’s books lead you through the valley of insight and up into the mountains where the vistas afford a refreshingly clear perspective – on ourselves and on our daily lives.« Deutschlandfunk

Other publications

Selbstfreundschaft/Self-Acceptance (2018)

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France (Piranha), Turkey (Iletisim)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV)

Sexout/Sexout (2015)

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Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Turkey (Iletisim)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV)

Gelassenheit/What We Gain as We Grow Older (2014)

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English world rights (Upper Westside Philosophers), Spanish world rights (Kairos), Catalan rights (Angle), Chinese complex rights (Emily Publishing Co.), Russia (Directmedia), Portuguese rights (Penguin Random House/Objectiva), France (Piranha), Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Denmark (Informations Forlag), Danish audio book rights (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Sweden (Lind & Co.), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Finland (Aula & Co.), Korea (Chaek Se Sang), Japan (Mikasa Shobo), Poland (W.A.B.), Czech Republic (Euromedia), Serbia (Laguna), Latvia (Zvaigzne), Slovenia (Narava), Turkey (Iletisim), Ukraine (Knihy XXI), India (Malayalam, Sahitya Pravarthaka), Israel (Modan)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV), German Book Club (Club Bertelsmann)

Unglücklich sein/Unhappiness (2012)

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English world rights (Upper West Side Philosophers), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Turkey (Iletisim)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Komplett Media)

Liebe/Love (2011)

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Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Denmark (Informations Forlag), Danish Audiobook Rights (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Latvia (Zvaigzne), Turkey (Iletisim)

Die Liebe neu erfinden/Re-inventing Love (2010)

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Chinese simplex rights (Shanghai Translation Publishing House), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos)

Glück/Happiness (2007)

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Spanish world rights (Pre-Textos), Chinese Simplex rights (Shanghai Translation Publishing), France (Autrement), Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Denmark (Informations Forlag), Danish Audiobook Rights (Lindhardt & Ringhof), Sweden (Lind & Co.), Finland (Ajatus), Korea (Bookstory), Estonia (Olion), Latvia (Zvaigzne ABC)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Hoffmann und Campe)

Schönes Leben?/Beautiful Life? (2005)

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Italy (Apogeo), Netherlands (Ambo|Anthos), Korea (Chaek Se Sang), Latvia (Zvaigzne), Georgia (Akolasia); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Serbia (Svetovi)

Die Kunst der Balance/The Art of Balance (2005)

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Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Latvia (Zvaigzne Abc)

Mit sich selbst befreundet sein/To Be Friends With Ourselves (2004)

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Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos)

Philosophie der Lebenskunst/Philosophie der Lebenskunst (1998)

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Spanish world rights (Pre-Textos), Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos)