I’m a writer and educator, who is interested in how 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 using them in modern life. It also explored how ancient philosophy 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. At the Centre, I recently completed an AHRC-funded project researching and promoting the rise of philosophy groups worldwide, which included setting up www.thephilosophyhub.com. I also help to run the London Philosophy Club, which is the biggest philosophy club in the world, with almost 4,000 members. I was one of the BBC’s New Generation Thinkers for 2013. I’m also involved in the Stoicism and Therapy project at Exeter University, and I’m working with the RSA on its Spirituality project. In 2014, I have AHRC funding to teach practical philosophy in Low Moss prison, in a London mental health charity, and with Saracens rugby club. I also teach philosophy at St Mungo’s Recovery College.
I can be hired to speak on resilience, well-being and practical philosophy at schools, conferences and events – please email me at the address below.
I have talked about philosophy on BBC 2′s Culture Show, on BBC Radio 3 and 4, RTE-1 and ABC Australia; to organisations including Saracens rugby club, Wellington and Wycombe Abbey, Candle Conferences, Cambridge and Durham universities, and the Faculty of Public Health. 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 Happinez festival, TEDX, Latitude, Dartington Hall, Voewood, the School of Life, the Idler Academy, the RSA, academic conferences and even Speaker’s Corner.
I have over a decade’s experience as a journalist, writing for print publications including The Financial Times, The Economist, The Telegraph and The Spectator; and for think-tanks including new economics foundation, IPPR and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2004-2007, I was a journalist in Russia, covering the former Soviet Union for various publications.
You can contact me at jules dot evans at mac dot com