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Gregory B. Sadler

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As a speaker, author, educator, and consultant, I bring philosophy into practice, making complex classic philosophical ideas accessible for a wide audience of professionals, students, and life-long learners. People need frameworks, applications, and guidance to successfully incorporate those useful ideas into their own personal and professional lives, and I provide those with enthusiasm and competence. I also help people find and use philosophical resources to map out and make difficult decisions, understand and solve complex problems, and reorient their practice and projects into more positive directions.

Having traveled down these paths myself, I know how powerful, exciting, and helpful well-understood ideas from philosophy can be for indi

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Gregory B. Sadler For me - if you're including the time I spent on earning my Masters degree, it was 7 years.

2 years of coursework, taking our comprehensive exam,…more
For me - if you're including the time I spent on earning my Masters degree, it was 7 years.

2 years of coursework, taking our comprehensive exam, qualifying with one of of my research languages (German), and writing a thesis.

Then 3 additional years of coursework, taking four preliminary examinations, qualifying with 2 additional research languages (French, Greek), and writing a dissertation.

I actually took quite a bit more coursework than I was required to - and not just in Philosophy, but other departments as well (English, Classics, Speech/Communication). I do tell graduate students not to rush their time in their graduate studies, and to take as many courses as they can - they're often eager to finish up - because it is probably the only opportunity they will have to spend so much time on study.

For me, graduate school was a really excellent time in my life. I had a lot of time to develop a solid foundation in the texts and thinkers I would later end up teaching, writing upon, or applying in practice.

I suppose the bit of advice that I'd give is to go beyond what your professors and fellow grad students think you should study, and to open your mind up to other thinkers. There's often a focus on the "trendy", which is all right as far as getting a job later, but leaves one with big gaps in one's education.(less)
Gregory B. Sadler Well, I couldn't say for literature, since I read very little contemporary literature. I can say that there are some figures from the mid-20th century…moreWell, I couldn't say for literature, since I read very little contemporary literature. I can say that there are some figures from the mid-20th century on whose work is very good, certainly for a philosopher -- P.K. Dick being one whose works, including his "realist" novels, I'll be going back to for the rest of my life -- but as to the broader field, I'm not a competent judge.

In philosophy, actually, I'd say this is a pretty good period. It might not seem such, if one pays too much attention to the rather boring work churned out by the thousands by on-the-whole clever people who have little sense of proportion or appreciation for the great luminaries of the tradition -- nor if one just reads the sort of philosophy-lite that tends to get recommended by non-philosophers, occasionally making the best-sellers lists.

But, if you're looking at philosophers whose works will be read and meditated upon centuries from now, we're in a fortunate time -- not only for original new perspectives, but for history of philosophy and commentary upon philosophy. Someone who manages to contribute in both of those ways would be, e.g. Alasdair MacIntyre(less)
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“Aristotle’s position on anger is that it is one of the most complex and distinctive of the human emotions, that it involves bodily, psychological, social, and moral dimensions, and that anger can and ought to be felt and acted upon in a number of right ways.”
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“Humans do not simply, innocently, and honestly disagree with each other about the good, the just, the right, the principles and applications of moral distinction and valuation, for they are already caught, like it or not, in a complex dynamic of each other’s desires, recognition, power, and comparisons which not only relativizes moral distinctions and valuations, but makes them a constant and dangerous source of discord.”
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“The very fact of having fixed conclusions to strive for in orthodox belief does not render the Christian philosopher dogmatic but rather intellectually fruitful, willing to take and follow reason further than the putatively undogmatic unbelieving philosopher”
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“Simply to render oneself able to understand what other Christian thinkers have themselves come to understand and to more or less felicitously communicate requires that one's mind not be a blank slate but already properly formed, disciplined, and exercised.”
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“The cemeteries are full of indispensable men.”
Charles de Gaulle

“The writer can grow as a person or he can shrink. ... His curiosity, his reaction to life must not diminish. The fatal thing is to shrink, to be interested in less, sympathetic to less, desiccating to the point where life itself loses its flavor, and one’s passion for human understanding changes to weariness and distaste.”
Norman Mailer

“The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”
Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

“I don't like work--no man does--but I like what is in the work--the chance to find yourself. Your own reality--for yourself not for others--what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means.”
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
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“You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget.”
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

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