Episode #29: How to Be Authentic with Skye Cleary


Skye C. Cleary PhD MBA is a philosopher and author of How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment (St Martin’s Press / Ebury 2022), Existentialism and Romantic Love (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life (Vintage 2020). Her work has been published with The Paris Review, AeonThe Times Literary SupplementTED-EdLos Angeles Review of Books,The IndependentThe ConversationBusiness InsiderNew Republicand others. In 2021, she was a MacDowell Fellow. In 2017, she won the New Philosopher Writers’ Award.  

She teaches at Columbia University and the City University of New York, and previously at ThinkOlio, the New York Public Library, and with incarcerated students. She is former Editor-in-Chief of the American Philosophical Association’s Blog and a certified fellow with the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. Before philosophy,  she was an international equity arbitrageur, management consultant, and Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserves.

Beyond philosophy, we explore her experience practicing martial arts, her NYC cocktail bar expertise, and her experience interviewing Esther Perel.


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