26 episodes

What is your second-life? Living Philosophy is dedicated to exploring the inspiring second lives of people who have successfully made significant changes to their careers and lives through self-reflection, insight, and practice. Listen also to our Public Philosophy podcasts, which you can find by topic and the bespoke logo artwork. Hosted by Dr Todd S. Mei, former Head of Philosophy at the University of Kent (UK), and founder, consultant, and freelance author at Philosophy2u.com.

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What is your second-life? Living Philosophy is dedicated to exploring the inspiring second lives of people who have successfully made significant changes to their careers and lives through self-reflection, insight, and practice. Listen also to our Public Philosophy podcasts, which you can find by topic and the bespoke logo artwork. Hosted by Dr Todd S. Mei, former Head of Philosophy at the University of Kent (UK), and founder, consultant, and freelance author at Philosophy2u.com.

    The Difficulty of Understanding Others with Constantine Sandis

    The Difficulty of Understanding Others with Constantine Sandis

    It seems more than ever that our present era is one of misunderstanding others—their motives, their reasons, their practices, and their beliefs. Is there a quick remedy to this, such as being more objective? Is objectivity even possible, especially given how incomplete our knowledge of others is? Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire, UK) is Professor of Philosophy, with a special interest in ethics, action, and understanding others. He discusses the importance of shared practices and has some surprising thoughts about the role of empathy.

    Living Philosophy is brought to you by Philosophy2u.com.
    Host:
    Dr Todd Mei
    Sponsors:
    Philosophy2u.com
    Hillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your Life
    Hermeneutics in Real Life
    Geoffrey Moore, author of The Infinite Staircase     
    Links Related to this Episode:
    Constantine Sandis (personal website)
    Akrasia (Weakness of the Will)
    Argument from Illusion (Wikipedia)
    “Eyebrows on Fleek Vine by Peaches Monroee” (YouTube)
    Prejudice and Bias (YouTube)
    Ludwig Wittgenstein (Wikipedia)
    Paul Ricoeur (Wikipedia)
    Music: Earth and the Moon, by Ketsa
    Logo Art: Angela Silva, Dattura Studios

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Hans Florine on the Virtue of Speed, Climbing, and Learning How to Fail in Order to Succeed

    Hans Florine on the Virtue of Speed, Climbing, and Learning How to Fail in Order to Succeed

    Hans Florine is a world-renowned climber, best known for holding the record for the fastest ascent of the Nose on El Capitan (Yosemite) with Alex Honnold in 2012. The record remained until 2018. Hans has spent his life learning from competition and the application of different models of thinking in order to problem solve and be as efficient as possible. Listen to him reflect on the roles of learning how to fail in order to become better, cooperative competition, and his own motivational wisdom and ideas.

    Living Philosophy is brought to you by Philosophy2u.com.

    Host:
    Dr Todd Mei
    Sponsors:
    Philosophy2u.com
    Hillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your Life
    Hermeneutics in Real Life
    Geoffrey Moore, author of The Infinite Staircase     

    Links Related to this Episode:
    Hans Florine (www.hansflorine.com)
    On LinkedIn
    On Twitter (@hansflorine)

    On the Nose (Amazon)
    On the Nose (Audio Book)

    Do Hard Things Challenge (www.dhtchallenge.com)
    Birthday Challenge (http://www.birthdaychallenge.com/whatis.html)

    Eric Weihenmayer (Wikipedia)
    Obituary for Steve Edwards, Outside Magazine (by Hans Florine)
    Brian Tracy (Wikipedia)

    Photo: Falcon Press
    Music: www.bensound.com

    • 49 min
    Bringing Us Together by Questioning (2021 Annual End Roll)

    Bringing Us Together by Questioning (2021 Annual End Roll)

    Dr Todd Mei discusses closing thoughts and reflections on the year which explore the prospect of social cohesion through the task of posing questions. Topics discussed:
    StoicismToleranceHermeneuticsPhilosophical questioningSocial CohesionUnity through differenceSponsors:
    Philosophy2u.com
    Hillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your Life
    Martin Bunzl, author of Thinking while Walking
    Hermeneutics in Real Life
    Geoffrey Moore, author of The Infinite Staircase     

    Logo Art: Angela Silva, Dattura Studios
    Music: www.bensound.com

    • 12 min
    Paula Leach on the Essential Features of Leadership in a Changing World

    Paula Leach on the Essential Features of Leadership in a Changing World

    Paula Leach is an executive leadership coach and former executive herself, with over 25 years of experience within the public and corporate sectors. She recently made the decision to start her own consultation business, Vantage Points Consulting, with an eye to promoting a new style of leadership training based on traits we normally don’t associate with entrepreneurial leaders—such as empathy, humility, and sustainability. Paula also runs a pro bono foundation to mentor young women entering business. Hear Paula discuss the new challenges and new faces of leadership and how they can be an inspiration to us all.
    Living Philosophy is brought to you by Philosophy2u.com.
    Host:
    Dr Todd Mei
    Sponsors:
    Philosophy2u.com
    Hillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your Life
    Martin Bunzl, author of Thinking while Walking
    Hermeneutics in Real Life
    Geoffrey Moore, author of The Infinite Staircase     
    Links Related to this Episode:
    Paula Leach (LinkedIn)
    Vantage Points Consulting (website)
    Vantage Points Foundation for Women (website)

    Vantage Points: How to create a culture where employees thrive (Amazon)
    ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance)
    American Icon (Amazon)
    Photo: KOBU Agency on Unsplash
    Music: www.bensound.com

    • 54 min
    Time & Temporality with Graeme A. Forbes

    Time & Temporality with Graeme A. Forbes

    We live within time, but apart from it passing or lingering too long, how much do we understand the extent to which it pervades our lives? And what should we make of the claim based on physics that time does not pass, and therefore, that our experience of it doing so is really an illusion? Graeme A. Forbes (University of Kent) is a metaphysician of time (and much more!) who helps us gain some clarity on the human experience of time.
    Living Philosophy is brought to you by Philosophy2u.com.
    Host:
    Dr Todd Mei
    Sponsors:
    Philosophy2u.com
    Hillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your Life
    Martin Bunzl, author of Thinking while Walking
    Hermeneutics in Real Life
    Geoffrey Moore, author of The Infinite Staircase     
    Links Related to this Episode:
    Graeme A. Forbes (professional website, personal website)
     Susan Stebbing (SEP)
    Philosophy and the Physicists (Amazon)
    Thinking to Some Purpose (Good Reads)
    Phenomenology (Entry by Paul B. Armstrong)
    Albert Camus (The Plague)
    Craig Callendar (Website)
    E. M. Cioran (Wikipedia)
    Martin Heidegger (Wikipedia)
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty (Wikipedia)
    Wilfrid Sellars (Wikipedia)
    Music: Earth and the Moon, by Ketsa
    Theme to Doctor Who at the Internet Archive
    Logo Art: Angela Silva, Dattura Studios
     

    • 55 min
    Practices, Traditions, Innovations with Anna Mudde & Robert Piercey

    Practices, Traditions, Innovations with Anna Mudde & Robert Piercey

    We are familiar with practice as a method for getting better at something. But what if this idea was only one part of the importance of practice? What if a key aspect of practice was learning how to fail? Professors Anna Mudde and Robert Piercey (University of Regina) discuss what practices are and how they are essential in renewal and innovation, ideally preventing traditions and our own personal identities from stagnating and becoming rigid. 
    Living Philosophy is brought to you by Philosophy2u.com.
    Host:
    Dr Todd Mei

    Sponsors:
    Philosophy2u.com
    Hillary Hutchinson, Career and Change Coach at Transitioning Your Life
    Martin Bunzl, author of Thinking while Walking
    Hermeneutics in Real Life
    Geoffrey Moore, author of The Infinite Staircase     

    Links Related to this Episode:
    Anna Mudde (website)
    Robert Piercey (website)
    Reading as Philosophical Practice (Amazon)

    colonialism (SEP)
    Canada and the Remains of Indigenous Children (NPR)
    practices and internal vs. external goods (IEP)
    Alasdair MacIntyre (Wikipedia)
    John Dewey and Pragmatism (SEP)
    Maria Lugones (Wikipedia)
    Charles Mills (Wikipedia)
    Music: Earth and the Moon, by Ketsa
    Logo Art: Angela Silva, Dattura Studios

    • 1 hr 3 min

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