Great to chat Ben and to see all the work you’re doing with philosophy. What were your earliest experiences with philosophy and has your perspective changed over time?
It’s changed a lot throughout my life. I studied philosophy at school, starting back when it was called theology and philosophy for GCSE, and then at A level and what captured me was the philosophical aspect.
So we ran through things such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Epicurus. The big hitters of the time. It was very much Western philosophy and that interest then flowed naturally into my university degree.
The real reason why I ended up doing it at uni was because, at that time, I didn’t know what to study. My background was military, so my intention was to join the Royal Marines. But I wanted to get a degree and enjoy university at the same time.
My perspective was that philosophy, because there are no right or wrong answers, would be perfect. I thought: “I basically can’t get it wrong! I just have to argue really well”. That was my illogical teenage reasoning for choosing philosophy. Thankfully, I got really into it as I realised how well it teaches you to think.
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Philosophy crosses over into all walks of life and when put into practice, it enables the practitioner to create positive change in their lives and the lives of others. This has certainly been the case for Andrew McConnell, the CEO of Rented and author of Get Out of My Head: Creating Modern Clarity With Stoic Wisdom.
While Stoicism has been an influential philosophy in his life, McConnell doesn’t limit himself to only one train of thought, preferring to cherry-pick from different wisdom traditions. In this interview, we dive into how that shaped his journey as an entrepreneur, building a business with a philosophical mindset and being a parent.
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Philosophy is a funny subject because it can be interpreted in so many ways. To some, it’s an academic thing to study. For others, it’s a way of life or a personal set of values that are unique to an individual. This multi-layered view is what makes philosophy awesome and to come at from different angles.
Louise Chapman of Lex Academic has a wonderful story to tell about philosophy, editing, changing perception in the academic world and so much more. She’s also the partner of Constantine Sandis, who’s provided excellent commentary on the psychology of philosophy.
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When you hear the word seduction, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the idea of getting someone into bed. Maybe it’s describing a dangerous kind of charisma. Seduction can be viewed more than one way and it’s a matter of perspective.
That’s the attitude Melissa Van Oss brings to the table in her work with reframing seduction in coaching, creative writing and workshops. It was a pleasure to interview Melissa about her experiences with putting a nuanced spin on seduction and how it can be used ethically.
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