Ordinary Philosophy’s 4th Anniversary

At Monticello, VA, with my Dad, John Cools, in 2015 for my history of ideas series following Thomas Jefferson in America

I published my first post for Ordinary Philosophy four years ago today, on April 23rd, 2013. Thank you, dear readers and listeners, for your kind attention, your encouragement, your corrections, your patience as I learn with and from you, and your hospitality and financial support (you know who you are!) for all of my traveling philosophy / history of ideas series.

Ordinary Philosophy has been one of the most satisfying projects of my life, and I look forward to continuing to share my love of philosophy, history, ideas, and travel for many more years to come, whatever form this will take.

I’m thrilled to share the news with you that I’ll be resuming my formal education at the University of Edinburgh this fall. What an adventure this will be! I’ll be living and studying in the center of the Scottish Enlightenment and the city of David Hume. He brought me here three years ago when I followed his life and ideas for my first history of ideas travel series. I’ll take this opportunity continue my Hume series as well. Though my studies will demand a great deal of my energy and attention, I dearly hope I’ll be able to devote more time to share more with you here at Ordinary Philosophy, not less, as I once again pour the bulk of my time, energy, and love into the world of ideas.

Yours, as ever, Amy Cools

Ordinary Philosophy and its Traveling Philosophy / History of Ideas series is a labor of love and ad-free, supported by patrons and readers like you. Please offer your support today!

Selfie in the beautiful Rose Room of the New York Public Library, 2016 Amy Cools

In the beautiful Rose Room of the New York Public Library. Thank you, friends, for supporting my New York projects too! Ahhh, what a town…

Wall of Thanks

General Major Contributors to Ordinary Philosophy

Cory Argonti-Cools
Robert Lane
Laurence Murphy
Charles M. Saunders
Gaia So & Jay Millsap

My sincere thanks to you all! ~ Amy

Patrons of the In Search of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Abraham Lincoln, and Other American Histories Series

Funding: Ervin Epstein, MDIMG_7626

Lodging & Storage of my Stuff: the Cools-Ramsden familyIMG_7730

Funding: Genessa KealohaIMG_7858

Funding: Liz & Russ EagleIMG_8016

Patrons of the Margaret Sanger Series

Funding: Christopher Wallanderthank-you-christopher-photo-by-amy-cools-and-unknown-nyc-2016

Lodging: Magaly Gamarra Grant, Devin Cecil-Wishing, Sally Leethank-you-magaly-devin-and-sally-photo-by-amy-cools-and-unknown-2016

Patrons of the Frederick Douglass Series

Funding: Bryan Kilgore, Michael Burke, Veronica Ruedrich, Blair Miller, Alex Black




Lodging: Roxanne, Fred, Aleph, Maya, Devin, Sally, Jim, Nerissa, Brennan, and JamesonIMG_4079

~ And thanks to everyone else out there who contributed in so many ways!