“My vision is that philosophical health will have in the 21st century the importance that physical and psychological health had in the 20th century. At the beginning of the century, it is a form of care of the self for the happy few — by the end of the century, it becomes an imperative for all.”
Luis de Miranda in a talk at the Paris headquarters of Unesco on 29 October 2019, marking the initiation of Philosophical Health International.
Luis de Miranda, PhD (University of Edinburgh, November 2017), is a philosopher, historian of ideas, philosophical counselor and an international author of non-fiction and fiction. His books, for example an introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics or the novel Who Killed the Poet?, have been translated into a dozen languages. Being and Neonness was published by MIT Press in 2019, and Ensemblance by Edinburgh University Press (2020).
Luis is currently a researcher at Örebro University, Sweden, where he works at the intersection of philosophy and artificial intelligence. There he initiated the CREA group (Cross-disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation) together with computer scientist and roboticist Prof. Alessandro Saffiotti.
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 analysis of capitalism Peut-on jouir du capitalisme? Lacan avec Heidegger et Marx). Shortly after Is a New Life Possible? Deleuze and the Lines was published in English in 2013, he was offered a research scholarship by The University of Edinburgh and in 2017 became a Doctor of Philosophy with a focus on collective intelligence and esprit de corps. In Edinburgh, Luis de Miranda also initiated interdisciplinary research in AI-Humanities, anthrobotics and the philosophy of technology, within the CRAG group. Luis has a Master (1 and 2) in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University and he also graduated from HEC-Paris in Economics and Management. He was the editorial director of Max Milo Books (Paris) between 2004 and 2012, while an independent author of novels and essays.
Even before his proposal of the cosmological concept of Creal in 2008, Luis de Miranda had been interested in process-oriented philosophies and in the intellectual and cultural history of the concept of creation. Between 2009 and 2012, still in Paris, Luis supervised the CRÉEL (Centre de Recherche pour l’Émergence d’une Existence Libre), through which he organised philosophical events, happenings with his “mouvement créaliste” and related book publications.
Luis de Miranda is the founder of The Philosophical Parlour, through which, in partnership with the Stockholm psychotherapy institute Livslinjen, he offers personalised philosophical counselling. Also trained as a psychoanalyst, he is a certified practicing member of the Swedish Society for Philosophical Practice (SSFP). In October 2019, he initiated the network Philosophical Health International. He blogs here.