Life, despite everything

It is a beautiful, clear Easter morning, and I’m back here in the UK sitting on the sofa with the cat, drinking coffee, and taking it easy. If I’ve not been very active here on the blog for a while, it is in part because the last few weeks have been somewhat demanding. Back in January, just before I headed to Australia for the conference on cultivation and wisdom in Greek and Chinese philosophy, my partner Elee went into hospital …

Philosophy Salon in Chengdu

Last night was the first Philosophy Salon over at the Bookworm bookshop here in Chengdu. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect: this was a speculative idea that I put forward in a chat with my friends over at the Bookworm shortly after arriving in town a few weeks back. It turned into a reality astonishingly quickly, and so last night I found myself heading across town to lead a discussion about philosophy, wisdom, Aristotle and Confucius. I thought a …