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The Value of Being Misunderstood with Ziyad Marar and Roman Krznaric

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Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing for a frank and lively discussion on the value of judgement and if we're judging ourselves and others constantly is it an important point of connection between us?

Join us as author-thinker Ziyad Marar and social philosopher Roman Krznaric breakdown the reasoning behind judgement, and why we need it to better navigate our lives and relationships, the real value of being misunderstood (and why no one can ever truly understand you). And, most critically, how we came to live in an age where one foolish tweet can destroy a career, one careless image can ruin a reputation...

Everyone worries about being judged. Yet judgement is inescapable; we cannot be social beings without judging and being judged. We’re stuck with judgement and all the awkwardness, embarrassment, shame, guilt and loneliness that come with it. Yet all is not lost in this arena of snap verdicts and social misfires. In Judged, Ziyad Marar proposes that we need it in order to value ourselves and others; we can’t live abundantly without the peaks and troughs of judgement. Come along to this event to hear him in conversation with social philosopher, Roman Krznaric.

‘We need to travel through this world with an understanding that our prospects for flourishing depend heavily on how skilfully we judge others and how well we are judged in return…We are nothing without an audience, nothing without their judgement.’ - Ziyad Marar

Date: Tuesday, Februrary 27th
Timing: 6:30pm to 8pm (doors and drinks reception from 6pm)
Venue: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road
Tickets: £12 for adults / £8 students and concessions. Buy a copy of Judged (for only £10, normally £20) with your event ticket and we'll keep it safe for you to collect on the night.

If you would like to bring a group of five or more together, please email institute@bloomsbury.com for a significant discount on your tickets.

“Philosopher, psychologist, sociologist, moralist, cutting edge cultural commentator: Marar reveals he is all these, through writing as insightful and stimulating as it is entertaining and accessible. Marar richly describes how we all swim, sink, even drown, in oceans of each other's judgement. Judgement is heaven and hell, craved and loathed, it makes us fully human. Our being-for-others is a primeval existential truth, and social media is its new and disturbing dimension. Marar's analysis of how e-judgement is redefining us is timely and brilliant.” – Gary Cox, author of How to Be an Existentialist

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Ziyad Marar is the author of Intimacy (2014), Deception (The Art of Living) (2008) and The Happiness Paradox (2003) and is President of Global Publishing at Sage Publications.

Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than 20 languages. His latest book, Carpe Diem Regained, has been described by George Monbiot in The Guardian as “brilliant – one of those rare books that forces you to ask what the hell you’re doing with your life.” He is the founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library. He is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life and a Research Associate at the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins college of art and design in London. Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. An acclaimed public speaker, his talks and workshops have taken him from a London prison to Google’s headquarters in California. After growing up in Sydney and Hong Kong, he studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Essex, where he gained his PhD in political sociology. Roman has worked as an academic, a gardener and a human rights campaigner. He is also a fanatical real tennis player and has a passion for making furniture.

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Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood By Ziyad Marar

Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood By Ziyad Marar

Everyone worries about being judged. One foolish tweet can destroy a career, one careless image can ruin a reputation. Yet judgement is inescapable; we cannot be social beings without judging and being judged. We’re stuck with judgement and all the awkwardness, embarrassment, shame, guilt and loneliness that come with it.
Yet all is not lost in this arena of snap verdicts and social misfires. In this sensitive and creative book, Ziyad Marar reclaims judgement proposing that we need it in order to value ourselves and others; we can’t live abundantly without the peaks and troughs of judgement. Drawing upon psychology, philosophy, TV, film, poetry and literature, Marar reveals a world which takes seriously our need to reach out and connect and one where hope, however tentative, can blossom.
There are no easy answers here, but there are moments where our judging can become generous and forgiving; moments where the cracks in the world feel like possibilities rather than dead ends, moments where the light comes in.

"Refreshingly disorientating. You will find yourself re-examining your judgment of others. More disturbingly, you will end up reappraising your own actions and motives. Do not expect to emerge unscathed." - David Edmonds author of Wittgenstein’s Poker and co-host of the Philosophy Bites podcast

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