Brian Ball – Advice to Young People

Dr Brian Ball offers an optimistic and hopeful outlook for young people who may be going through difficulties in their lives. Using his experience as a Philosophy Lecturer at Balliol College, University of Oxford, Brian shows how philosophy can help those who are suffering. He speaks about Sartre’s and Schopenhauer’s contrasting claims about suicide, and tells of his own doubts and worries when reading Descartes as a young man. But it’s the ideas on values from Simone de Beauvoir which Brian uses to reaffirm life as something good and worth living.