I’m a practical philosopher and writer, interested in therapeutic practices and ethical ideas from ancient philosophies and wisdom traditions, how individuals and organisations can use them today, and how they inform policy and business ideas about emotions, well-being, flourishing and transcendence. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My first book, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, explored how people are rediscovering ancient Greek and Roman philosophies and how Greek philosophy (partiularly Stoicism) inspired Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It’s since been published in 19 countries and was a Times book of the year. My second book, The Art of Losing Control, explored how people find ecstatic experiences in modern western culture. It was published in the UK in May 2017, and in the US in September 2017, and has also been published in Holland, Spain, Russia and Italy.
My research on well-being, resilience and practical philosophy has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I’m also involved in the Modern Stoicism and Stoic Week project , which has received press coverage everywhere from Newsweek to the New York Times, and has helped to instigate the revival of Stoic philosophy in modern culture.
I am now a research fellow at a Wellcome Trust-funded project called Living with Feeling, at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary University of London. I am researching the history, philosophy and psychology of well-being.
Work with organisations
I teach workshops and give key-notes on emotions, well-being, transcendence and flourishing, which combine ideas from wisdom traditions with insights from modern psychotherapy. Partners include Arsenal FC , Saracens rugby club, the Civil Service, HMP Low Moss, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, Netflix and Mind. Companies and organisations can contact me to arrange talks and workshops, to explore how practical philosophy can help individuals and organisations flourish. To find out more go here.
I have talked about philosophy on BBC 2’s Newsnight, the Culture Show, on BBC Radio 3 and 4, RTE-1 and ABC Australia; and am a BBC New Generation Thinker. I’ve written for publications including the Financial Times, The Times, the Guardian, the Spectator and WIRED. I’ve spoken at events including How The Light Gets In, the Month of Philosophy in Amsterdam, the Hay-On-Wye festival, the Galway Arts Festival, the Faculty of Public Health, Latitude, Burning Man, Wilderness, Bestiival, the School of Life, the Sunday Assembly, the British Museum and the RSA.
I help to run the London Philosophy Club, which is the biggest philosophy club in the world, with 10,000 members (as of May 2018).
Click here to listen to a Radio 4 programme I made on Aristotle’s idea of flourishing and how it influences modern politics.
Click here to listen to the Radio 4 series, My Life As A Philosopher, which I co-wrote and co-presented.