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.
Today, I am policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London, where my research 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. I’m available for workshops with individuals and with organizations. Clients include Saracens rugby club, Wellington College and Wycombe Abbey school, St Mungo’s Recovery College, the NHS, the Scottish prison service, and the US Army. My ‘skills + ethics’ approach combines the teaching of evidence-based well-being techniques with open group discussions of ethics and values. Participants are not forced to any conclusions (as in some well-being courses) but are allowed to reason and discuss their way to their own philosophy of well-being.
I have talked about philosophy on BBC 2′s Culture Show, on BBC Radio 3 and 4, RTE-1 and ABC Australia; and was one of the BBC’s New Generation Thinkers for 2013. 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, the RSA, and the US Army’s STOICON resilience conference.
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 Stoicism and Therapy project at Exeter University, and I’m working with the RSA on its Spirituality project..
You can contact me at jules dot evans at mac dot com