After some lengthy deliberation and a lot of resistance to the idea, I've finally caved and decided to move Nousy to Substack. There are two reasons for this move: (i) an easier subscription function that conveniently delivers updates directly to subscribers' email inboxes (and the mobile phone app) and (ii) it allows me to develop Nousy into both a blog and podcast. The blog will continue to focus on various philosophical topics, interests and musings of mine, while the podcast will explore philosophical topics by highlighting and discussing interesting articles and books; focusing especially, though not exclusively, on contemporary work in philosophy. So, if you've enjoyed my work here, I've got a lot more in store for you on Substack. Visit https://nousy.substack.com and subscribe for free today!
Although I’m not Jewish, I regularly listen to a rabbi, the late Jonathan Sacks, from whom I’ve learned so much. Rabbi Sacks, who was also a trained philosopher, actually helped me out personally, even though we never met. What do I mean by that? You see, Rabbi Sacks taught me about the importance of time management, helping me to plan ahead and accomplish some things in my life, like making a difference in the lives of others. Consider the Jewish tradition, around Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, to reflect back on the year that was. As Rabbi Sacks put it: Quietly God is asking us a question: you're asking me for another year of life, let me hear your answer to this question: last year, I gave you another year of life, what did you use it for? Did you spend your time on the things that make a difference? And that’s really when we ask, what have we done in the past year? How have we added to the store of human happiness? How have we made the world a little better? And it seems to me t