Jane Davis says that literature saved her life. She grew up in a broken home, with a single mum who died of alcoholism. She left home and lived in squats, with a husband who also eventually died of substance abuse. She was helped by a Women’s Liberation group and then went to study English Literature Read more…

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Welcome to another PoW newsletter. At the moment I am deep in research for a project I am running at Queen Mary, University of London, looking at the history and contemporary rise of philosophy groups. The hope is it will build links between academic philosophy and ‘street philosophy’, and also encourage people to get involved Read more…

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[This is an interview I did with the Israeli psychologist Uri Wernik for my book, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, but I had to cut this chapter. Great interview though, a wise man. The picture above is from the animated film, Waltz with Bashir] Uri Wernik, a 64-year-old clinical psychologist living and working Read more…

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Here’s an interview I did with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on the moon, about how the experience of space travel has transformed him and many other astronauts. It’s for a chapter of my (hopefully) forthcoming book, which looks at how the ancients used astronomy or star-gazing as a spiritual exercise for self-transformation. Read more…

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Here’s an excerpt from a talk I did in November at the London Philosophy Club, on philosophy as self-help / therapy. In this bit, I talk about how philosophy in the ancient world was like a ‘first-aid kit’, made up of different therapeutic techniques you could use to cope with various emotions and situations. Dunno Read more…

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