Here's to a Philosophical 2022: Subscriber Newsletter #15

Will Buckingham
Will Buckingham
Here's to a Philosophical 2022: Subscriber Newsletter #15
Fireworks at the marriage procession of Dara Shikoh. Anonymous. Public domain, 1740s, via Wikimedia Commons.

What's coming up in 2022 over on Looking for Wisdom?

Hello, and happy new year to all readers and subscribers at Looking for Wisdom! We're incredibly excited to be embarking on some new projects and plans for the coming year. So, here's the low-down on what is happening.

A riot of philosophy, coming your way

We have all kinds of exciting things that we're brewing up for our weekly philosopher files. We've mapped out the whole year (the whole year!) with a rich and fascinating array of philosophers.

In the coming weeks, you can expect more on ancient Indian philosophical traditions, some fascinating philosophers from China and Greece, a couple of much-maligned philosophical renegades, and more on the philosophical traditions of Africa. So keep your eyes peeled every Thursday to find out more.

One quick request: please mark emails from Looking for Wisdom as approved on your approved senders list. This will really help us make sure that we get the weekly philosopher files to you, without them languishing in obscurity in some hidden corner of your email software!

Sunday Salons

Our members-only Sunday Salons run on the first Sunday of every month, ten Sundays a year. The next salon is this February. So come and join us for a fun and friendly philosophical discussion! Salons take place via Zoom, at 5pm UK time, and they last an hour. Bring your own tea/coffee/snacks/wine. Salons are free to all members!

Membership changes

We're also changing and simplifying our membership structure. From 2022, there is now only one membership tier, with a new, affordable fixed price of $8 a month or $80 a year (roughly £5 / £50). This gets you:

  • access to our Agora community form
  • access to all our Sunday Salons

We've spent the last year experimenting with pricing, and we think that this gets the balance right. For the monthly cost of an elaborate coffee, or a modest glass of wine, you get the chance to the join the community, and engage more deeply with your fellow philosophers. Click below to upgrade your account!

Memberships help pay for Looking for Wisdom's hosting and running costs, and occasionally allow us to buy ourselves a cup of coffee. Paid memberships also allow us to offer free memberships to those in financial need.

The new pricing structure is going to remain in place all year, and we'll see how it goes! If you already have a paid subscription, you will be automatically moved onto the new membership tier.

(If you were previously paying less than $8 a month, you will continue paying the same amount as when you signed up. And if you were paying more than $8, we'll adjust your monthly payments down to reflect the new price!)

In transit

Airship. Cigarette card: France in the Year 2000. c. 1900 or 1910. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

We're also on the move in the coming weeks. In about a week's time, we'll be packing up our boxes of books, and we'll be in transit from Sofia, Bulgaria to Dundee, Scotland, which will be our new base. We're looking forward to the move, although there's quite a lot to be done, so bear with us if we're less responsive than usual.

And if you are up in Dundee or nearby, give us a shout! We're always keen to meet, or to talk about possibilities for fun new projects and collaborations.

Monthly newsletters

One final change is that we've moved the monthly newsletters to the beginning of the month, rather than the end. So every first Thursday of the month, we'll bring you news and updates about what we're doing at Looking for Wisdom. And all other Thursdays, we'll keep on sending out philosopher files. Next week's is all ready to go, and it's one that is particularly close to our hearts… More next week!

That's all for now. Happy 2022 to everyone, and we look forward to exploring more intriguing philosophical ideas throughout the coming year.

All the best,

Hannah & Will @ Looking for Wisdom.

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