Awakening to Philosophical Life: Now Available

Philosophical Awakening

This e-book, which is now available to order, is entitled Awakening to Philosophical Life: Essays Personal and Impersonal. It was completed at the end of February of 2013 and is meant to be a philosophical review of my attempt to be a moral exemplar: a good friend, a good neighbor, and a humble guide to philosophical life.

The 43 personal essays selected for inclusion in this beautiful volume date back to January of 2011 and were written with no other intention apart from the desire to become a more excellent human being.​ They show the reader how–by paying close attention to examples–to awaken to philosophical life.​​

How to Order

I live and work in a gift economy. The suggested gift for this book is $12.

To order a copy, you can visit andrewjamestaggart.com/guides. Alternatively, you may offer the appropriate gift via PayPal here. Expect to receive your copy via email the same or the following day.

To read a few excerpts from the book and to get a better feel for it, you can visit andrewjtaggart.com/books.

About Me

I’m a Ph.D.-trained philosophical counselor 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 now lead a simpler, more contemplative life amid the gentle mountains of rural Appalachia.

Philosophical Improv no. 11: Virtues for Unsettled Time

Since Episode 9 on self-surrender, we’ve been making the slow turn to Part III: the path of radiant living. In this episode, I discuss the four virtues (courage, patience, openness, and compassion) as well as the four vices (cowardice, hurriedness, closedness, and contempt) for unsettled time. This subject is explored at greater length in both of my books, The Art of Inquiry and Guidebook for Philosophical Life; the books can be ordered here.

These episodes are attempts to think aloud. The arguments made here are taking on a more final shape in my forthcoming book, Radiance: An Essay for Unsettled Time.

I’m a Ph.D.-trained philosophical counselor 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 now lead a simpler, more contemplative life amid the gentle mountains of rural Appalachia.

For more about me, you can visit andrewjamestaggart.com.

The necklace worn in the video was designed by Alexandra Marcella Lauro, a maker of meditation jewelry. To view her collection of meditative jewelry and to purchase a necklace, you can go to meditativejewelry.com.

Eros before abandon

Awake and ask, ‘Am I open to eros?’

Openness is an outward sweep of the hand, a moment held in infinity, then an inward-welcoming retrieval. The ears as kind as the eyes, the mouth as gentle as the warbler. Do you hear keenly with the eyes, see sharply with the ears, with the heart?

Listen.

Hold here and breathe and, while breathing, taste la decadencia of life breathing life. Breathing existence is dulce. Eros before abandon.

Philosophical Improv no. 10: Inquiring is no Longer a Luxury

Since Episode 9 on self-surrender, we’ve been making the slow turn to Part III: the path of radiant living. In this episode, I provide a brief sketch of the art of philosophical inquiry. This subject is discussed at greater length in my book, The Art of Inquiry, a copy of which can be ordered here.

These episodes are attempts to think aloud. The arguments made here are taking on a more final shape in my forthcoming book, Radiance: An Essay for Unsettled Time.

Continue reading “Philosophical Improv no. 10: Inquiring is no Longer a Luxury”

Philosophical Improv no. 9: Self-surrender

In this episode, I describe the moment in which one is awakened to the idea of self-transformation. That awakening I call ‘self-surrender.’ So far, the series of episodes is divided into 3 sets: the nature of radiant living (Episodes 1-6), the relevance of radiance for our time (Episodes 7 and 8), and the path of radiant living (Episode 9ff.)

These episodes are attempts to think aloud. The arguments made here are taking on a more final shape in my forthcoming book, Radiance: An Essay for Unsettled Time.

I’m a Ph.D.-trained philosophical counselor 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 now lead a simpler, more contemplative life amid the gentle mountains of rural Appalachia.

For more about me, you can visit andrewjamestaggart.com.

The necklace worn in the video was designed by Alexandra Marcella Lauro, a maker of meditation jewelry. To view her collection of meditative jewelry and to purchase a necklace, you can go to meditativejewelry.com.