Summer School - Existential Questions Regarding Life Issues, 24 - 28 August 2015, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jul 08, 2015

Deadline: Aug 01, 2015

Event Dates: from Aug 24, 2015 12:00 to Aug 28, 2015 12:00

About the Summer School

What kind of existential questions people face and how can they be guided in those life issues? During this course, these themes will be presented through lectures by experts. In workshops, we will explore professional practices in which people are guided in these life issues. Obviously one can guide others only when one explores these questions in personal life.

In many moments in life people are confronted with questions about their existence. Unique questions about what they will do or not do, about their relationships with others, the environment in which they live, and what is happening in their world, their past, present, and future. In every stage of life, these questions get their own color and content. Philosophers, theologians, and psychologists in history have attempted to trace all such questions to a number of fundamental questions that apply to all people. The existential psychologist Yalom distinguishes four existential questions. The first, in his eyes the most basic life issue is that of time, which ends in death. The only certainty we all have is that we will ever die, isn’t it? The second life issue is that of freedom. We all have the desire to be able to determine our own lives, haven’t we? The third life issue is that of solitude versus connectedness. We all seek satisfactory relationships with others. Who doesn’t have the experience that in those kinds of relationships sometimes things go wrong? The fourth life issue is that of meaningfulness of existence. All of us hope that what we do, how we live will ultimately prove to be meaningful. Those questions can trigger anxiety. We can try to avoid them, but our well-being depends to a large extent on the answers that we find every time again. 

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dr. Wim Smeets


The program is aimed at professionals in practice fields of care, welfare, education, coaching, and leisure.


To explore what kind of existential questions people face and how can they be guided in these life issues?


Every morning there will be plenary presentations and discussion. In the afternoon there will be small group work. The students will work together 7 hours a day from 10.00 AM to 17.00 PM. The literature will take 2 days.


• € 585 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 385 - Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


Wim Smeets
06-229 636 53

Sylvia Ebbeng
024- 361 33 20

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