| Author | Philosophical Practitioner | Researcher | Teacher |
“Philosophical health will be in the 21st century what physical and psychological health were in the 20th century. At the beginning of the century, it is a luxury for the happy few. By the end of the century, it is a necessity for all.”Luis de Miranda, talk at Unesco Headquarters, Paris, 29 October 2019.
Luis de Miranda lives near Stockholm, Sweden. He is a philosophical practitioner and a researcher at Uppsala University, where he currently works on the theory and practice of philosophical health at the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Sciences. A Philosophy Doctor from the University of Edinburgh (2017), he is an international author of non-fiction and fiction. He decided to stop writing fiction and to focus on non-fiction in 2011 but his novels have continued to be translated. Some of his books, for example an introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics or the novella Who Killed the Poet?, have been translated into a dozen languages. His essay Being and Neonness was published by MIT Press in 2019, and the monograph Ensemblance by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.
Luis authored his first books in French, for example his philosophical history of computers, L’Art d’être libres au temps des automates, or his metapsychological analysis of capitalism and enjoyment, Peut-on jouir du capitalisme? Lacan avec Heidegger et Marx, a few of which were translated into English like Is a New Life Possible? Deleuze and the Lines.
Luis also has a Master in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris, where he studied among other topics the phenomenology of life, and mostly French and German philosophy. He also graduated in 1994 from the renowned School of Economics HEC-Paris. Before his more recent academic career (he started his PhD in 2014), Luis was between 1996 and 2013 an independent author and journalist, and between 2004 and 2012 the editorial director of Max Milo publishing house in Paris, which he co-founded.
Even before his proposal of the cosmological and politico-ethical concept of Creal in 2008, Luis de Miranda had been interested in process-oriented philosophies and in the foundations of creation and creativity (for example in Deleuze, Hegel, Bergson, Nietzsche or Whitehead). In 2018, Luis de Miranda launched The Philosophical Parlour, through which he ofers personalised philosophical dialogue and counseling inspired by his crealectic theory and more recently the SMILE_PH approach. In 2019, he initiated the network Philosophical Health International. Also trained as a Lacanian psychoanalyst, he is a certified practicing member of the Swedish Society for Philosophical Practice (SSFP) and a certified member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA). He also helps international corporations such as Vattenfall or Teaminside with philosophical health sessions and in transitioning beyond sustainability, towards meaning-making crealectic models.
Luis de Miranda blogs here (crealectics).