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What Matters Most:
Conversations on the Art of Living

Edited by Anthony Morgan

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Publication Date: SPRING 2023

We are delighted that Agenda Publishing has agreed to publish an edited collection of conversations drawn mainly from our "On Philosophy" digital events series, along with some drawn from our print magazine and our podcast. The book will be published in spring 2023 - further details, including where to buy it, will be posted here when available. Below is an overview of the book and the table of contents. 

Overview: The ancient Greek philosopher Plotinus insisted that philosophy should be concerned with nothing less than τo τιμιώτατον (to timiotaton), generally translated as "what matters most". This collection of philosophical conversations by many of the world's leading thinkers seeks to honour Plotinus' vision by addressing questions related to the art of living. When thinking about the art of living, we may conjure up ideas of therapy, meditation, peace, happiness, and so on. However, this collection aims to expand the scope of this idea, foregrounding social and political questions, alongside more traditional existential ones. How are we to think about the art of living together, of living with technology, of living under oppression, of living in the end times? These engaging and urgent conversations invite us to think anew about the complexities and challenges involved in living a good life in a world characterized by uncertainty and change.

       Part I: Living together

  • 1. What is "we"? – Dan Zahavi with Luna Dolezal

  • 2. Polarization and talking across difference – Elizabeth Anderson with Alexis Papazoglou

  • 3. Misinformation and the right to know – Lani Watson with Aidan McGlynn

  • 4. A decolonial ecology – Malcom Ferdinand with Romy Oppermann

  • 5. Listening to animals – Eva Meijer with Adam Ferner and Darren Chetty

  • 6. Relationality and political responsibility – Lewis Gordon with Olúfemi O. Táíwò

       Part II: Living with technology

  • 7. Misunderstanding the internet – Justin E. H. Smith with Alexis Papazoglou

  • 8. Artificial bodies and the promise of abstraction – Peter Wolfendale with Anthony Morgan

  • 9. Will artificial intelligence transform ethics? – Shannon Vallor with John Zerilli

  • 10. The algorithmic is the political – Annette Zimmermann with Matthew Lord

  • 11. Intelligence and the future of AI – Stephen Cave with Sage Cammers-Goodwin

  • 12. We and the robots – John Danaher with Anthony Morgan


       Part III: Living under oppression

  • 13. The politics of gender and identity – Finn Mackay with Jana Bacevic

  • 14. Submission and emancipation – Manon Garcia with Kate Kirkpatrick

  • 15. Madness, identity, and recognition – Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed with Helen Spandler

  • 16. Reimagining Black men – Tommy Curry with David Livingston Smith

  • 17. Responsibility and structural injustice – Maeve McKeown with Alasia Nuti

  • 18. Disobedience and seeing like an activist – Erin R. Pineda with Robin Celikates


       Part IV: Living in the end times

  • 19. A world beyond capitalism – Martin Hägglund with Lea Ypi

  • 20. Derrick Bell and racial realism – Timothy Golden with Darren Chetty

  • 21. Spinoza in the Anthropocene – Beth Lord with Chris Meyns

  • 22. Animals, pandemics, and climate change – Jeff Sebo with Lauren Van Patter

  • 23. The task of thinking in the age of dumping – Michael Marder with Sofia Lemos

  • 24. Why misanthropy? – Ian James Kidd with Anthony Morgan

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