Jules Evans is research fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of two books: Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy for Modern Problems and The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience. He also runs the popular website Philosophy for Life
Interviews with Jules Evans
The Varieties of Religious Experience
by William James
Moksha: Aldous Huxley's Classic Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience
by Aldous Huxley
Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred
by Jeffrey J Kripal
When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
by Tanya Luhrmann
Centuries of Meditations
by Thomas Traherne
States of ecstasy (from the ancient Greek ekstasis, meaning ‘standing outside’) are moments when you lose your ordinary sense of self and feel connected to something greater than you. It can be euphoric, but it can also be terrifying, says the philosopher Jules Evans. Here he selects five books that explore the significance and power of these surprisingly common experiences.
The human condition has not changed down the millennia, so it’s no surprise that ancient philosophy has much to teach us about how to live our lives, argues Jules Evans. He picks the best books about ancient philosophy in modern life.