I’m a writer and teacher, who is interested in helping people seek the good life in modern societies. I’m particularly interested in ancient philosophies and wisdom traditions, and how individuals and communities are re-discovering them today. My first book, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, explored how people are rediscovering ancient Greek and Roman philosophies and how they inspired Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It’s since been published in 19 countries and was a Times book of the year.
I am policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London, where my research on well-being, resilience and practical philosophy is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
I am passionate about adult education, and teach workshops on mental resilience and flourishing, which combine ideas from wisdom traditions with insights from modern psychotherapy. Clients include the Escape the City School, Arsenal FC , Saracens rugby club, the Civil Service, HMP Low Moss, Deloitte, and the Idler Club.
My practical wisdom approach combines the teaching of evidence-based well-being techniques from ancient philosophies, with open group discussions about ethics and values. I embrace a pluralist and eclectic approach – participants are encouraged to bring in their own opinions and experiences and to explore different ways of thinking about flourishing, as opposed to being forced into one model of well-being (mindfulness, happiness etc).
I have talked about philosophy on BBC 2’s Newsnight, the Culture Show, on BBC Radio 3 and 4, RTE-1 and ABC Australia; and am a BBC New Generation Thinker. I’ve spoken at events including How The Light Gets In, the Month of Philosophy in Amsterdam, the Hay-On-Wye festival, the Galway Arts Festival, the Faculty of Public Health, the Happinez festival, TEDX, Latitude, the School of Life, the Idler Academy and the RSA.
I help to run the London Philosophy Club, which is the biggest philosophy club in the world, with over 4,000 members. I’m also involved in the Modern Stoicism and Stoic Week project , which has received press coverage everywhere from Newsweek to the New York Times, and I worked with the RSA on its Spirituality project..
You can contact me at jules dot evans at mac dot com