This page describes philosophy endeavours that are not research or teaching. This page is under construction.
My ikigai is ‘the art of academic gathering'. That is, bringing scholars together in innovative ways to develop supportive research communities.
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To heal from trauma or to process emotions, we need to tell our stories. To tell these stories, people need apposite words and concepts. These words and ideas are known as “hermeneutical resources”. Without these cognitive resources—the ingredients of thought—emotional processing can be stymied. People cannot describe their experiences to themselves or to others, and so cannot adequately comprehend their social and emotional circumstances.
We are experiencing a climate catastrophe. We lack the hermeneutical resources to understand its emotional toll. We feel the emotions, but we lack the words to name, describe, and discuss them. These hermeneutical lacunae contribute to an entangled web of emotional, mental, physical, environmental, and economic harms.
This gap is the play-space of the workshop. We will ask: What words do we lack? What terms could we invent, if we felt free to play? What emotions do we feel, yet seldom feel in community because we lack the words to name them?
Theatre games are a powerful tool for conceptual exploration and innovation. They allow us to collaboratively innovate new terms to understand emotions. In this philosophy through theatre games workshop, everyone is a participant and no one is an expert. We will play with ideas.
Funded by: UTHC and One Health at UTK as part of One Health and Humanities Days
My graduate student, Dario Vaccaro, and I are bringing this initiative into high schools. High School Ethics Bowl appeals to the "debate team" students; Philosophy Through Theatre Games will appeal to "theatre kids". This brings a variety of philosophical modes to K-12 students.
Please contact me for information or if you would like to be involved.
Magazine editors, activists, theatre directors, librarians, teachers, and scholars
Intergenerational activities that imagine conversations with
Founding director of NimBioS, Louis Gross, & Georgi, helping create a five-person tableau
Reflections on the words we need, but lack, to describe emotions about climate change
The Ethics of Attention
The Philosophy of Sexual Violence
eds. Yolonda Wilson & Georgi Gardiner
In addition to standard essays, we welcome experimental philosophical contributions, such as poems, artworks, letters, short stories, manifestos, and diary entries. This flexibility of format reflects that thinking philosophically about rape often happens in conversations, community, diary entries, and artworks, rather than in standard academic essays. It also honours the rich feminist, Black, and non-Western traditions of varied scholarly engagement and formats.
Center for Applied Epistemology
Details Coming Soon. (Funding application available on request.)
The Coursier Cross Library
As an undergraduate at Edinburgh University, I started this library.
The name honours two brilliant young women, Mim Cross and Charlotte Coursier, who both studied Philosophy at Edinburgh and passed away shortly afterwards.
Mim donated the very first books to the library. She handed them to me in what is now 56 North (at 2W Crosscauseway). Charlotte published in the PhilSoc journal during her time at Edinburgh University
Philosophical Reflections on Life Experiences
Philosophical Reflections on Life Experiences
Mountain retreat workshop to generate new public-facing philosophy, supported by UTHC. Details on request. I'm very happy to provide them. This event has received $9,000 in competitive grants so far.
The New Ethics of Belief Retreat
At Narrow Ridge
Off-grid in the Appalachian Mountains
In Autumn 2021 I did a vision fast at Narrow Ridge Intentional Living Community. Before and after the time on the mountain, the vision fasters conversed as a group. I was struck by how deep, rich, and powerful our conversations were, in just a few days. I wanted to bring this power to academic research contexts. In Spring 2022, I brought early career scholars to the same off-grid location in the mountains for a philosophy retreat.
The philosophy retreat had almost no standard talks. We instead experimented with a range of conversation structures. We aimed to cultivate new, embryonic ideas in applied epistemology. This event fomented my passion for "the art of academic gathering".
Epistemology Working Group
Knowledge in Crisis
I am an international collaborator on the Austrian 'Knowledge in Crisis' project. More details coming soon.
The project involves researchers at CEU, and the Universities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg. The board of Directors is Tim Crane, Katalin Farkas, Jason Means, Paulina Sliwa, Marian David, Max Kölbel, Hans Bernhard Schmid, and Charlotte Werndl.
The four international collaborators are me, Jessie Munton, Jason Stanley, and Quassim Cassam.
Daily Nous update.