“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 in the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden, and 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 Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh (2017), Luis is an international author of non-fiction and fiction (although he decided to stop writing fiction in 2011, his novels continue 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 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. 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 to complete a PhD, with a focus on the philosophy and conceptual history of esprit de corps (which led to the book Ensemblance). There he also initiated interdisciplinary research in AI-Humanities, anthrobotics and the philosophy of technology, within the CRAG group, an interdisciplinary hub he founded in 2015.
Luis also has a Master (1 and 2) in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris, where he studied among other topics the phenomenology of life, French and German philosophy. He also graduated in 1994 from the world-renowned School of Economics HEC-Paris. Before his more recent academic career, he was between 1996 and 2012 an independent author and journalist, and between 2004 and 2012 the co-founder and editorial director of the successful Parisian publishing house Max Milo.
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 (mainly in Deleuze, Hegel, Bergson, Nietzsche or Whitehead). 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 and book publications.
In 2018, Luis de Miranda launched The Philosophical Parlour experience, through which he offers personalised philosophical dialogue and counseling inspired by his crealectic theory. 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). In 2019, he initiated the network Philosophical Health International. He also helps international corporations such as Vattenfall or Teaminside with philosophical health sessions and in transitioning beyond sustainability, towards crealectic and regenerative growth models.
Luis de Miranda blogs here (crealectics).