eRochefoucauld

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The story of humanity and the history of ideas.

the good, the great, and the meaningful.

First, I love people and ideas, which means I believe that philosophy is meant to answer both ‘how shall I think,’ and, ‘what shall I do.’ A philosophy that can’t be lived is like food that can’t be eaten and a kitchen isn’t a storehouse for food, anymore than philosophy is a museum of ideas.

we live forward and understand backward.

Second, we both learn and understand from the past, and plan and hope for the future. After all, we live forward, and understand backward; and we must both live, and understand. These are equally true, and equally important. On every topic, every debate, and in every moment, there is a part of you or society that says “this is where we have been and this is how things are.” While another part says “this is where can go and how things could be.” 

I want to uplift both of these perspectives, because that’s a great conversation. After all, history precedes every moment. And I want to treat that history like a tool box of many ideas and to make these ideas available in today’s context. The purpose of philosophy, after all, is not to impose one idea, but to make available many ideas. And to do that, the best tool we seem to have and hope for, is: Free thinking, free speaking, and free learning.

a foundation of good ideas.

Finally, I think we can enter a new renaissance or enlightenment. Sure, with every generation there is a new story about how the world is coming to an end. And sure enough, there are always new problems and injustices to take arms against. While I am far from old or wise, I’ve lived long enough to say with confidence that we will never be in short supply of those pointing out everything wrong with the world. 

Most importantly, I don’t want to build my life on a foundation of every problem I see in the world or in others. Do you? Because there is only so much we can learn, read, or explore in our lifetime. 

My goal, then, is to find the best in so many philosophies, religions, cultures, histories, and people. As it stands, we’ve come a long way from the swamp to the stars to the Internet. And through that great dialogue and clash of ideas the arc of history is bending more and more towards justice.

accreditation is expensive, but education is free.

We know this, because we are lifting people out of poverty and eradicating disease faster than any time in history. And while the cost of accreditation has skyrocketed, the cost of education is almost free. So, with the tools of the 21st century we can rebuild the old agora. Or at least, I think this is something worth doing, and a burden worth bearing. The way I plan to start is by telling the story of humanity and the history of ideas: the good, the great, and the meaningful.

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How eRochefoucauld began...

a history
It began as an idea in the fall of 2016. I officially launched my first podcast on September 15, 2017. This period, by the standards of any fair observer, could justifiably be called a period of chaos. But we are at once a product of our times and our aims.
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The Story of Philosophy

a story for you
This story of philosophy is a bit different than many, because it’s meant for you. It’s simple, practical, and describes the story of your life, who ever you are. If you like this, you’ll love the rest of my work. So give it a listen! It will be 26 minutes well spent.
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Evan Thomsen

creator & host

Evan has been a track athlete, strength and conditioning coach, kettlebell trainer, shoe salesman, infantryman, paratrooper, singer, a cappella choir director, public speaker and MC, research assistant, fundraiser, humanitarian, entrepreneur, business consultant, and photographer. 

Born and raised in Iowa, Evan has lived in North Carolina, Washington DC, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has traveled or worked in 28 countries on four continents. He has Bachelor’s and Graduate degrees in the field of international security and affairs, and conflict analysis. He has several publications on these subjects in the journal Modern Diplomacy. 

For the past decade, Evan has been almost singularly focused on the pursuit of two goals: to understand the highest ethical potential of the individual and society, and then how to get there. 

Evan and his incredible wife, Jessica (the J Curve), are currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Jessica Thomsen

co-creator of "fit philosophy"

Jessica is the creator of The J Curve, which is a platform dedicated to femininity, sensuality, thoughtfulness, strength, and exploration. 

Born and raised in South Carolina. Jessica has lived… everywhere Evan has 🙂 

She is pursuing feminine ideals in a world where feminine auto-corrects to feminism – both literally, and figuratively. Jessica believes that attraction in all forms guides us – so let’s aim it to something better. 

Jessica is, in her own words, “extremely married,” and is living with Evan in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is looking forward to the next destination.

Zach Murray

co-creator & producer

Zach was born and raised in a small town outside of Omaha, Nebraska. His family was part of a very small and fundamentalist Christian church. Upon graduating high school, he attended a ministry school affiliated with the church, but soon broke away after concluding that many of their beliefs were fringe and extreme. 

Zach joined the Army to gain some perspective and serve his country.

In this new type of service, he served as a machine gunner and driver in the 82nd Airborne while in Iraq, and eventually became a team leader. Later, he became an intelligence NCO and prepared his company for a deployment to Afghanistan. After an honorable discharge, Zach earned a Bachelor’s in software engineering and game development. 

Currently, and for the past three years, he has traveled all around the United States with his wife, living for a few months at a time in new places and gaining perspectives on how different people live.

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eRochefoucauld

Created by Evan Thomsen, eRochefoucauld is an educational platform creating podcasts, youtube videos, and more. This is an education for the true adult, and for the 21st century.

Home of Hardcore Philosophy, The Dialogues, Realpolitik, and The Art of Intellectual War.