About Me

Welcome to my personal blog! Socrates:  “the really important thing is not to live, but to live well” [Plato 48b]. The purpose of this blog isn’t to dribble out trivia about my daily life; instead, I only write posts that I hope will stimulate you to think better about living well.  Even when you think I’m wrong, I genuinely hope that you’ll find its posts stimulating and rewarding. There are six categories [listed on the right] that I find helpful in thinking about living better.  Please start with whatever category interests you most, and also realize that it is sometimes difficult to decide how to categorize a particular post.  With respect to the names of the categories, think of “moral” as relating to interpersonal relations and think of “spiritual” in terms of its root meaning denoting breathing or wind (as opposed to denoting anything religious). I’ve been a philosopher, a lover of wisdom, for over 45 years.  I’m still trying to live wisely and compassionately, which entails that I’m not there yet.  Living an examined life is a lot about constantly letting go and opening into whatever unfolds. In 1994 I became a serious zen student; I’ve been practicing zazen meditation ever since.  I regularly attend 7-day retreats and currently “sit” for two hours early every morning.  I’m an author.  I do regular strength training as well as brisk walking. For 32 years I taught philosophy and humanities at SUNY Geneseo.  I’m a graduate of Blair Academy (1964) and Syracuse University (1968).  I hold a doctorate in philosophy from The University of Iowa (1977). Please feel free to leave comments as well as to contact me. Thank you for visiting! Please be kind to yourself today and look at all others through eyes of compassion. Dennis E. Bradford

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Paul Lampe

    I re-discovered your book The Fundamental Ideas this morning as I was searching for another philosophy text in my office. It rekindled fond memories of your classes in the early 1990’s.

    I’ve recently started re-reading Buddhist texts and practicing meditation. I look forward to exploring your blog.

    Over the past 25+ years I’ve often thought of you and want to thank you for the impact your teaching has had on my life.

    30/07/2017 at 2:55 pm
  2. Dennis Bradford

    Thank you very much, Paul, for your kind words.

    All we do as teachers is to put ideas out there in a process much like scattering seeds. Only infrequently does one ever find out if a seed grows. I’m delighted that it did in your case.

    My Geneseo email address is the same.

    The main thing is to keep practicing!

    Best wishes,


    03/08/2017 at 6:53 pm

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