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Wilhelm Schmid

To Be Friends With Ourselves - About the Art of Living With Oneself

(German title: Mit sich selbst befreundet sein)
ca. 250 pages
Clothbound
2004
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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About

We ourselves have become the weakest link in our society. We seem to have lost ourselves; our very self in our so-called advanced and liberated societies.

The modern individual might perceive himself a self-conceived and self-conscious, he has nevertheless become fragile and lost sight of himself by being torn apart n boundlessness. Although originally sprung from pre-modern tradition, convention and religion as tasks primary to philosophy, modern philosophy itself has put the other rather than the I in its center of preoccupations with the focus of ethics.

Schmid gets us acquainted again with a conscious and emancipated relationship with ourselves concordingly with the great tradition of philosophy: to be friends with oneself: that was once Aristotele´s saying; the art of living with oneself, built in the tradition of philosophers like Seneca, Montaigne and Nietzsche, has been somehow left off by contemporary thinkers. Schmid´s essay is a treaty about relearning, rethinking, reacquiring the sociability with ourselves, taking into account the existential experience of fear and relating to the possibility of a plausible answering to it. Rarely a philosopher has made the attempt to elude the question, for a grounding of the relationship of the singular individual to himself and his being in the world, in such a thorough and poetic way: The result is a fruitful reflection on the seeking of sense we are so persistent about. A manual for us to create our signification in contemporary living and the departure point of a differently modern society.

Other publications

Selbstfreundschaft/Self-Acceptance (2018)

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France (Piranha), Turkey (Iletisim)

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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)

Philosophie der Lebenskunst/Philosophie der Lebenskunst (1998)

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