Death and Defiance with Daniele Bolelli

Daniele Bolelli is a philosopher, best-selling author, podcaster, and martial artist. He’s the host of the Drunken Taoist and History on Fire podcasts, and the author of several books, including On the Warrior’s Path, Not Afraid, and Create Your Own Religion.

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00:02:30Chapter 1: What is Real-Life Philosophy

00:10:38Chapter 2: Living Your Worst Nightmare

00:17:57Chapter 3: Getting Your Ass Kicked by Life

00:30:11Chapter 4: Innovating and Breaking Tradition

00:53:34Chapter 5: Why the Middle Finger?

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Check out Daniele’s podcasts here: The Drunken Taoist and History on Fire.

Daniele’s father Franco book wrote the book Cartesio Non Balla (Descartes Does Not Dance), arguing for the “definitive superiority of pop culture”. Italian readers can get it here.

Daniele’s book, Not Afraid focuses on the ordeal that happened to him and his family, and is an inspiring, heart-wrenching read.

Daniele’s first book, On The Warrior’s Path, was published when he was very young and was a hit in Italy, and focuses on the elements of the warrior’s philosophy that are applicable in everyday life. A truly educational (and short) read.

The book Be Water My Friend is a good primer to Bruce Lee’s ideas.

Hickson Gracie’s recent book Breathe takes you through the life and times of this remarkable and original martial artist.

Ed Slingerman’s book Trying Not to Try is a fun and profound exploration of the ancient Chinese concept of “wu-wei” – or, the art of not trying.

Scientism is all the rage today. Check out this Big Think piece on it.

Check out Daniele’s website – where philosophy books, UFC gloves, and the middle finger meet – here.

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