I’m a philosopher. I am passionate about helping people think clearly, deeply, and consistently.
How we think about the world, ourselves, and others influences how we make decisions. Philosophy aims at understanding how things hang together. This means searching for clarity in complex and difficult issues.
Life.Examined. is a venture I’ve started with the fabulous Miriam van der Valk and the incredible Matthew Nowacheck. Our small team has now expanded to include the talented Christoffer Lindgren.
This grew out of early Socratic Panels that we organized in Gothenburg in 2017. These events proved hugely popular and we saw a need for live interactive philosophical events.
The purpose of Life.Examined. is to change people’s lives for the better by awakening and deepening their philosophical ethos. We do this by creating popular and innovative events that inform and inspire.
Consulting for business
Businesses face decisions in much the same way that individuals do. In my work with companies, I focus more exclusively on decision-making processes and policies.
What this looks like
- Your company’s sustainable success depends on navigating complex and difficult decisions.
- Decision-making policy and practice are rarely clear and often ambiguous. The risks of having an ill-defined decision-making policy and practice are enormous.
- I help to minimize this risk by facilitating clarity regarding your decision-making policy and practice.
Do you have questions?
Are you curious about the world, yourself, and the way things are? Is meaning or an apparent lack of meaning something that keeps you up at night? Are you facing a difficult decision that you are struggling to understand? Do you find the status quo answers in the media, school, or society unsatisfactory? If so, then give me a call, or book a session! First session is free!
What to expect:
Our philosophical dialogues focus mostly on where you are going and why. The work we do is conceptual rather than emotional, though emotions play a critical role. The aim is greater clarity, understanding, and consistency in your thinking. This has a positive impact on your well-being as a whole.
The first session is free! During this session, you describe what it is you are facing, wondering about, or would like to discuss. If we decide to proceed we set a goal and then move forward.
I think philosophy should be brought out of the university.
Often the system, culture, and context of academia mean philosophy remains accessible and irrelevant for most people. At the same time, I greatly enjoy academic philosophy and think there are crucial ways academic philosophy pushes the edges of philosophical thinking. Here I will briefly describe the academic interests and pursuits I have.
Article for The Handbook of Virtue
Recently I had the great privilege of working on an article for The Handbook of Virtue and Virtue Ethics together with Robert Hartman (link). Our article is titled Consequentialism and Virtue. Here’s a succinct summary of what we do in this paper: we analyze the strongest version of virtue consequentialism and suggest how it might be modified to be somewhat stronger. Virtue consequentialism, in case you are wondering, is the position that a character trait is a virtue only if that character trait has positive consequences. It is an interesting theory! I’d love to talk about it, so, if you are curious, drop me a line.
Affiliate at Gothenburg University
I have recently become an institutional affiliate at Gothenburg University. There is a great community of philosophers there working on a wide range of problems. Currently, I am working on developing a research proposal through the university.
My academic research has been in the area of philosophy of mind, language, and ontology. I remain interested in these and am currently researching issues of freedom, their connection to conceptions of self, and the impact of this on culture.
How I got to where I am
Bringing about a world where people make better decisions is what drives me. Following this vision has taken me down a variety of paths.
PhD from the University of London
The best way to practice the art of thinking is academic philosophy. I pursued philosophy to the highest level, completing a doctorate at Birkbeck College, University of London that focused on the complex issues of the relationship between self-awareness and perceptual awareness. Along the way, I also did research on how sustainability can act as a unifying link between cities and universities as well research on the way some technologies alter the paradigms we use to understand the world around us.
Teaching across the spectrum
How we navigate the world is hugely influenced by the education we receive. I have seen this first hand as a teacher. I have taught at universities, continuing education colleges, and at one of the premier boy’s schools in the UK: Haberdashers’s Aske’s Boy’s School. In each of these dramatically different contexts, I honed my ability to help people think differently, creatively and perceptively.
Facilitating cutting edge research
Research, creativity, and accuracy are difficult. Success in these areas requires systems and structures that facilitate them. I facilitated a number of interdisciplinary research centers at Queen Mary, University of London to move forward in these areas. From these experiences I learned an incredible amount about what it takes, in practical terms, to succeed at cutting edge research.