Andrew Taggart

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Andrew Taggart is a Practical Philosopher, Ph.D., Rinzai Zen Buddhist, Meditation Teacher, and Proponent of Nondual Metaphysics.

About: I’m a practical philosopher and Zen Buddhist who teaches individuals and organizations how to inquire into the things that matter most. Years ago, I created a philosophy practice in which I speak over Zoom with Europeans, Canadians, and Americans about the nature of a good life. Along the way, I’ve written a number of books, including The Art of Inquiry, Cultivating Discipline Lightly, and The Good Life and Sustaining Life. In 2009, I finished a Ph.D., left the academic life, and moved to New York City because I thought the most basic question of how to live needed to be brought back into our everyday lives.

Over the years, I've been helping C-level executives, startup teams, and venture capitalists inquire into matters of a fundamental nature. During this time, I've worked with individuals at Google, Facebook, Twitter, and various tech and fintech startups. In 2017, I began giving more public talks focused on the changing face of work in the tech industry and beyond. And in 2018, I launched Askole, whose point is to help technologists examine what, at a fundamental level, they’re taking for granted. My ideas have been featured in Quartz, The Guardian, Singularity Hub, Big Think, Wisconsin Public Radio, TEDx, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. I also write regularly for Quartz at Work about the history of and attitudes toward work, and I'm now writing a book on Total Work, a concept coined by the late German philosopher Josef Pieper.

Since 2013, I've been a seasonal nomad. My wife Alexandra, a visual artist, and I are currently exploring the American Southwest.

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