Episodes 13-19 of radiant living

Episodes 13-19 of radiant living can now be viewed on my YouTube Channel. Each episode is made to run about 5-8 minutes.

An update: in this space, I have no plans to post more embedded videos on this project whose aim is to show how the good is connected with the beautiful. However, you can subscribe to receive these episodes directly, should they happen to be of interest to you. Enjoy.

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.

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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.

Philosophical Improv no. 8: Why Radiance Matters

In Episodes 1-6, I spoke about the nature of radiance. In the last episode, I suggested that we are living in unsettled time. In this one, I seek to provide clues for why radiance may turn out to be the most excellent way of being for our time.

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.

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Philosophical Improv no. 6: Mastery in the Practice of Living

In this video, I propose an alternative formulation of radiance. On this construal, radiance just is mastery in the practice of living. In my forthcoming book, Radiance: An Essay for Unsettled Time, I discuss the important connection between goodness and beauty.

To view other episodes in this series, you can visit my YouTube channel.

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.