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Jules Evans

Author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations

Jules Evans is the author of Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations (published by Rider Books).

He is also policy director at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. And he is co-organiser of the London Philosophy Club, the biggest philosophy club in the UK.

He blogs at www.philosophyforlife.org, and writes on philosophy, psychology and politics for lots of different publications and organisations.

He is running an AHRC-funded project to research and promote philosophy groups worldwide.

Steven Pinker and the Decline of Humanism

Scientism and materialism have led to a gradual drying up of poetry, myths and sacred narratives - and hence a thinning of meaning and flattening of emotion. I suspect, if the next three centuries are as rough as scientists tell us they will be, we will need stories, ones that give us hope and purpose even in the face of mass extinctions.
27/08/2013 10:49 BST

Are We Slaves to Our Online Selves?

There is a word for what the internet and social media have done to us: alienation. It means, literally, selling yourself into slavery, from the Latin for slave alienus. The word has its roots in ancient Greek philosophy, particularly in Plato and the Stoics, who warned that if you place too much value on your reputation or image, you enslave yourself to the fickle opinion of the public.
10/06/2013 13:07 BST

How Arts and Humanities Can Influence Public Policy

As one civil servant told us, ministers are extremely busy and rarely get time to read a newspaper article, let alone a research paper. They want any 'action points' to be clearly expressed in a two-page document.
19/02/2013 09:59 GMT

Top Ten Tips for Recovering From a Mental Illness

Here are my top 10 tips for recovering from mental illness. Tell me any really good tips I've missed out in the comments. They're not commandments, just what worked for me - feel free to disagree.
23/11/2012 16:14 GMT

Self-Help Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word

Academics would admit to reading anything, even <em>50 Shades of Grey</em>, before they admitted to reading a self-help book. When the great novelist David Foster Wallace killed himself in 2008, and around 40 self-help books were discovered in his library, everyone was a bit, well... embarrassed.
15/10/2012 22:33 BST

Building Bridges Between Athens and Jerusalem

It's heartening for a young writer when the Chief Rabbi of your country writes a column responding to your book, and says some kind things about it - so thanks are in order to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks for using my book as a springboard for his <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chief-rabbi-lord-sacks/ecology-of-love_b_1686671.html" target="_hplink">discussion in the Huff Post </a>on the deficiencies of Stoicism as a philosophy for life.
25/07/2012 17:19 BST

Want to Start a Philosophy Group? Here's How

I'm one of the organisers of the <a href="http://www.londonphilosophyclub.com" target="_hplink">London Philosophy Club</a>. We're one of hundreds of self-organised ideas and discussion groups that have mushroomed all over the world in the last 10 years.
13/07/2012 16:50 BST

Coping With the Mental Health Crisis on Our Campuses

Undergraduates across the country are now preparing for one of the most intense moments of their young lives: finals. I remember scenes of chaos from my own finals exams just over a decade ago. I also remember how unhappy I was at that period of my life.
26/04/2012 21:59 BST