Header

Wilhelm Schmid

Understanding Life - The Experiences of a Philosophical Counselor

(German title: Das Leben verstehen)
ca. 350 pages
Clothbound
2016
Wilhelm Schmid
Foto: Wilhelm Schmid
© Jürgen Bauer

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.

Rights available

About

Wilhelm Schmid, best-selling author of Happiness and What We Gain As We Grow Older, was given the opportunity to apply his ideas on founding a philosophical art of living over the course of ten years at a hospital near Zurich, where he discussed the following questions with the patients: What meaning do touches, habits, longings, beauty have? What is happiness? Does one’s own life, or life in general, have meaning at all? Which purpose does work serve? How can we find guidance for our life? How can we deal with anger, life crises, disappointment, pain, sickness and death?

A philosopher is a partner for conversations on life, a secular counsel. Long before Christianity existed, Socrates described his workings as counseling, as assistance for other people in taking care of themselves.

Praise

»Schmid’s style is lucid and unequivocal without seeming mundane or lingering on the obvious. Here’s where philosophy wins back a primordial sense.« Thomas Groß, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Other publications

Selbstfreundschaft/Self-Acceptance (2018)

Sold to:

France (Piranha), Turkey (Iletisim)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV)

Sexout/Sexout (2015)

Sold to:

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

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (DAV)

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

Sold to:

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)

Sold to:

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

Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Komplett Media)

Liebe/Love (2011)

Sold to:

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

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

Sold to:

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

Glück/Happiness (2007)

Sold to:

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)

Sold to:

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)

Sold to:

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

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

Sold to:

Italy (Fazi), Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos)

Philosophie der Lebenskunst/Philosophie der Lebenskunst (1998)

Sold to:

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