I sat down with Daniel Thorson on his Emerge podcast to talk about philosophy as transformation in perception, concepts and experience, Pierre Hadot, askēsis, theory and practice, The Side View, determinism, Descartes, and more. The episode is available here.
While I won’t continue to post too many updates about The Side View here on Knowledge Ecology (which will remain my personal blog for philosophy-related work), I did want to give readers a quick status report on where TSV is today, a few weeks after launch.
A few quick updates and requests:
- We’re continuing to roll out new ways to follow our work. You can now subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. (We’re up to four episodes, with episode five coming on Monday.)
- If you feel so inclined, please subscribe, rate, and review the podcast on iTunes.
- We hit over 4,000 views in our first week, and we’re well over 5,000 views total as of this post—not bad for site that’s only 18 days old!
- I also want to draw your attention to our Patreon page, which we’re using to help offset the costs of running the site and producing our content. Please consider donating to our efforts if it’s within your means.
- We’re on Twitter @TheSideViewCo and we just set up our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TheSideViewCo/
- Finally, for those of you who have an idea for an essay, a recommendation for a podcast guest, or just want to reach out and talk about The Side View in general, please get in touch with us via our contact page.
Save for any major milestones or new pieces of content that might be of interest to Knowledge Ecology subscribers in particular, I won’t continue to post minor TSV updates like this one here. And as soon as this flurry of initial launch goals dies down, I’ll get back to posting about that dissertation of mine that still needs to be finished . . .
As part of The Side View launch last week, I gave a presentation on the philosophical background that informs the overall vision of the site.
At the start of the talk, I also read a short introduction about The Side View’s mission, which you can read here. My notes for the rest of the talk are below.
If you’re interested in participating in The Side View in some way, please be in touch through our contact page here.
I’ve been talking about it for long enough, and now it’s live.
The Side View website can be reached here. Embedded below is a short intro clip about the work and where we’re going.
[Image: Andreas Nicolas Fischer]
In an earlier essay, I gave an overview of Hadot’s claim that ancient philosophy was conceived as a way life, as an existential path characterized by spiritual exercises rather than a set of merely theoretical or academic positions. I noted that for Hadot the concerns of theory and intellectual discourse are integrated within the spiritual exercises of philosophy—in other words, they are necessary but not sufficient conditions for living a philosophical life—and that philosophical practice from Hadot’s perspective must also include the arenas of practice, aesthetics, values, and action. On Hadot’s reading, the philosophical exercises that unite these domains are those of a self developing a relation to itself through contemplation, meditation, and self-examination; by dialectical engagements with one’s self, one’s interlocutors, and one’s mentors; and with a political and social commitment to participating in one’s community or city, as typified by Socrates’s relation to his city, Athens.