Farewell from Patrick Ussher
The time has come for me to move on from the Stoicism Today project in order to focus on other work commitments. It has been a privilege to work with the talented group of people who are behind the project and I had little idea of all the exciting things the project would achieve when we started it back in 2012 – which is also when I started this blog. Exciting things continue to be in store (rumours have it Stoicon may be in the Big Apple this year…) and I hope that, one day, the Stoicism Today project will get the research grant it deserves so as to pursue modern applications of Stoicism in even more concrete and practical ways.
I have also enjoyed conversing with many readers of the blog and receiving so many varied and interesting pieces. I think the Stoic revival will continue and grow stronger with each passing year. Stoicism is an important antidote to the increasing trend to see human beings as mere ‘output machines’. We need a different set of values.
I am delighted that joining the Stoicism Today project and taking over in my role as editor of this blog will be Greg Sadler, a pioneer in bringing complex philosophical ideas to a wide audience in accessible ways. Greg is president of ReasonIO which specifically aims to broaden philosophy out from a ‘narrow academic elite’ and to show how all the great thinkers of the past can be relevant to all aspects of life, ranging from the workplace and carer to personal relationships, from organisational leadership to politics and society. Greg has a prodigious and popular philosophy Youtube channel which has had over two and a half million views. He has over 800 videos explaining various insights from philosophers in plain English. Greg is perfectly placed to bring new talents to the Stoicism Today project and to the blog, and I also look forward to seeing the blog flourish under Greg as editor.
I wish to thank Tom McConnell for his invaluable help with the blog since the start of 2015 and also to bid farewell (although I am not quite done yet – a second anthology of Stoicism Today writings will be released in a few months!) to you all and a warm welcome to Greg, the new editor.
Greetings from Greg Sadler
Today marks a point of transition for Stoicism Today, one in preparation for many months. After years of invaluable work building a virtual space for modern reinterpretations of an ancient philosophy, a nexus in which scholars, psychotherapists, practitioners, and the broader interested public could discuss the many aspects and applications of Stoicism, Patrick is moving on to other projects and pursuits. I am now taking on the position of editor of the blog, and this represents, in fact, the first such change in editorial staff.
For my part, not only am I deeply honored to be entrusted with this important position, but also I happily take it on, for multiple reasons. Foremost among these is that Patrick leaves the position I will now fill in an excellent state. The blog has a solid and expanding readership base, built up organically on the basis of consistently providing interesting, thought-provoking, and useful content. Inquiries and ideas about new posts have been crossing my virtual desk already, and I can’t imagine any lack in upcoming Stoicism-related news.
As a functioning whole, any publication is considerably more than the sum of its authorial or editorial parts, and that is particularly the case for Stoicism Today, which is one main part of a significantly larger and ongoing project, carried out by the members of its team. Each of these members plays a significant role in reinterpreting, applying, and publicizing Stoic philosophy in the world today, and the role of Stoicism Today’s editor accordingly is to work in close conjunction with this dynamic team. Again, in moving into this position, I benefit greatly from the years of groundwork that Patrick has laid down over the years. He has set well-established processes, networks, and precedents into place, and I am grateful to Patrick that I am thereby able to step into this position easily and confidently.
As a professional philosopher interested in the practical side of the field, I am very happy to take part in this project – indeed a community – involved in reinterpreting classic Stoic philosophy within the contexts of our late modern times. There is much that is valuable, challenging, or downright admirable within the Stoic tradition, and as I take over this editorial position, I aim to continue the work already done in soliciting, and providing a place for, many perspectives engaging with Stoicism. So, let me end my bit here doing two things. First – many thanks to Patrick Ussher, Tom McConnell, and the rest of the Stoicism Today team not only for bringing me into the heart of an excellent project in practical philosophy but even more for making the transition a very easy and welcoming one! Second – to the readership of Stoicism Today, I look forward to working with the team and our many authors in providing an ongoing forum continuing the now-established legacy of excellent writing, conversations, and events engaging with Stoicism in the late modern age.