I’m a Ph.D.-trained philosopher who teaches individuals and organizations throughout the US and Europe how to inquire into the things that matter most. A former resident of the Upper East Side in New York City, I spent the winter and spring meditating in rural Appalachia. I now lead a simpler, more contemplative life among the gentle Joshua trees of Southern California.
I provide a longer autobiography on my main website.
This site contains some 700 blog posts which were written over a two-year period from January 2011 to the present. Subjects range from death to friendship, from work to love, from humor to praise to sorrow. Following the example of the philosopher Pierre Hadot, I have treated each piece as a kind of spiritual exercise (ascesis): each was to be a meditation aimed less at informing the pupil about a state of affairs than at transforming the philosopher’s perception of the world.
This site also houses the YouTube videos I am in the process of making. These are works of philosophical improvisation.
If you like, you can find links to more polished writing under the Writing tab.
If you would like to learn more about philosophical counseling or educational advising, you can visit my main website: andrewjamestaggart.com.
Photos appearing on these pages were taken by Alexandra Marcella Lauro, a maker of reverent things and student of meditation.