A new year, a new decade. I hope there will be more peace and more fairness this decade, greater respect for nature and the wilderness, and more tolerance and understanding among human beings. I will try to make tiny contributions by supporting various non-profit organizations and causes with money, signatures and occasionally more substantial efforts. I also hope my philosophical work will in some roundabout way help people and nature.
It is partly because this connection is often hard to see for academic philosophy that I helped start the philosophical society Sherpa and that I now offer philosophical counseling as a more direct way to positively affect people’s lives (more substantial info on what I offer in Swedish here). As part of Sherpa’s program at the Stockholm City Library I held a salon (with Niklas Möller) and a lecture on Freedom and Dependence in mid December. Both were well attended and seemingly much appreciated.
Christmas and New Years were followed by a “Road Retreat” that I did with my wife and son around southern Sweden. Inspiring. I decided not to commit to too many philosophy projects this spring but leave time for other things, like family, fun and fiction. Most of the philosophy work I will do these two months will be focused on applications for post-docs, work that I hope will result in publications sometime in the future.