Sterling Lynch is creating a community of ideas.
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When I think about Patreon and the thinking and writing I share on my blog and YouTube or wherever, I like to think of G. W. F. Hegel.

Why?

Well, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is unquestionably one of the most important philosophers in Western philosophy and, arguably, one of the most influential philosophers ever. It would not be over the top, I think, to claim that the Western intellectual and cultural tradition in which you and I were born, raised, and inhabit is fundamentally a result of his mind. Love him or hate him, all the thinking that has come after Hegel has been a reaction, either for or against, his big thinking.

Now, I think about Hegel, a philosopher of almost unimaginable influence, when I think about Patreon and the role it might play in my thinking and writing, because Hegel for five years at the University of Jena held the position of privatdozent, a teaching position which is the academic equivalent of busking.

Essentially, Hegel was allowed to give lectures at the university, sharing his thinking and writing, but he received no salary and was instead paid by his students only after they heard what he had to share.

Incredibly, given the contemporary disdain for teaching in much of academia and the obsession with the security of tenure, it was at the University of Jena, when Hegel was living on donations from his students, that he did the thinking and writing that would lead to his first monumental work and the work which is probably his most influential, The Phenomenology of Spirit.

At a time when he basically had to pass the hat after his lectures, Hegel was developing what would become some of the most important and influential ideas in the Western world.

So what does this little nugget of philosophical history have to do with Patreon. Well, I am hoping that Patreon will be my own little version of a privatdozent. I doubt I will ever think up anything monumental, but I am hoping your contributions and community will spur me to do much more than I might otherwise do my own.

Hi, I am Sterling Lynch. I like to refer to myself as a lapsed academic because, even though I walked away from academia -- or, more accurately, walked away from what academia has become -- I still long for its best parts: the thinking, the writing, the research, the teaching, and the discussion -- the community of ideas.

So, in the last few years, I have been using the latest communication tools to try and find or create that community of ideas I miss and long for so much. So, if you miss and long for a community of ideas too or maybe have never experienced it but want to, please use Patreon to support me and my efforts to build a community of ideas.

It’s simple, really. I will continue to share my thinking and writing on my blog, Youtube or whatever and Patreon will allow me to pass the hat, as it were, and it will give you the opportunity to support my thinking and writing.

I’m asking for monthly contributions; you can receive very modest “rewards” for your contributions; you can meet and connect with other people like you who want to support the creation of a community of ideas, and, for the more ambitious among you, there are some limited opportunities for regular one-on-one chats, tutoring, or teaching.

At this point, I wouldn’t worry too much about the size of your contribution because, in the short term, the value of your contribution isn’t really about dollars and cents; instead, your contribution is a concrete and public vote of confidence in this ephemeral and possibly total flakey ideal at the heart of my thinking and writing. However, if, overtime, we manage to pool enough resources through modest contributions in the name of this community of ideas, maybe -- just maybe -- we’ll be able to do much much more. But -- as always -- I’m getting well ahead of myself.

For the time being, let’s keep it simple. Please, if you can, support my thinking and writing through a monthly contribution of any size, it will be greatly appreciated. And please, while you’re at it, support other writers, artists, and creators on Patreon.

It is a relatively new tool, but it holds a lot of promise, and it may help create a range of cultural communities built on the beautiful idea and ideal that we should directly support the creators we respect, admire, and love.
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When I think about Patreon and the thinking and writing I share on my blog and YouTube or wherever, I like to think of G. W. F. Hegel.

Why?

Well, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is unquestionably one of the most important philosophers in Western philosophy and, arguably, one of the most influential philosophers ever. It would not be over the top, I think, to claim that the Western intellectual and cultural tradition in which you and I were born, raised, and inhabit is fundamentally a result of his mind. Love him or hate him, all the thinking that has come after Hegel has been a reaction, either for or against, his big thinking.

Now, I think about Hegel, a philosopher of almost unimaginable influence, when I think about Patreon and the role it might play in my thinking and writing, because Hegel for five years at the University of Jena held the position of privatdozent, a teaching position which is the academic equivalent of busking.

Essentially, Hegel was allowed to give lectures at the university, sharing his thinking and writing, but he received no salary and was instead paid by his students only after they heard what he had to share.

Incredibly, given the contemporary disdain for teaching in much of academia and the obsession with the security of tenure, it was at the University of Jena, when Hegel was living on donations from his students, that he did the thinking and writing that would lead to his first monumental work and the work which is probably his most influential, The Phenomenology of Spirit.

At a time when he basically had to pass the hat after his lectures, Hegel was developing what would become some of the most important and influential ideas in the Western world.

So what does this little nugget of philosophical history have to do with Patreon. Well, I am hoping that Patreon will be my own little version of a privatdozent. I doubt I will ever think up anything monumental, but I am hoping your contributions and community will spur me to do much more than I might otherwise do my own.

Hi, I am Sterling Lynch. I like to refer to myself as a lapsed academic because, even though I walked away from academia -- or, more accurately, walked away from what academia has become -- I still long for its best parts: the thinking, the writing, the research, the teaching, and the discussion -- the community of ideas.

So, in the last few years, I have been using the latest communication tools to try and find or create that community of ideas I miss and long for so much. So, if you miss and long for a community of ideas too or maybe have never experienced it but want to, please use Patreon to support me and my efforts to build a community of ideas.

It’s simple, really. I will continue to share my thinking and writing on my blog, Youtube or whatever and Patreon will allow me to pass the hat, as it were, and it will give you the opportunity to support my thinking and writing.

I’m asking for monthly contributions; you can receive very modest “rewards” for your contributions; you can meet and connect with other people like you who want to support the creation of a community of ideas, and, for the more ambitious among you, there are some limited opportunities for regular one-on-one chats, tutoring, or teaching.

At this point, I wouldn’t worry too much about the size of your contribution because, in the short term, the value of your contribution isn’t really about dollars and cents; instead, your contribution is a concrete and public vote of confidence in this ephemeral and possibly total flakey ideal at the heart of my thinking and writing. However, if, overtime, we manage to pool enough resources through modest contributions in the name of this community of ideas, maybe -- just maybe -- we’ll be able to do much much more. But -- as always -- I’m getting well ahead of myself.

For the time being, let’s keep it simple. Please, if you can, support my thinking and writing through a monthly contribution of any size, it will be greatly appreciated. And please, while you’re at it, support other writers, artists, and creators on Patreon.

It is a relatively new tool, but it holds a lot of promise, and it may help create a range of cultural communities built on the beautiful idea and ideal that we should directly support the creators we respect, admire, and love.

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The family, friends, and early-adopter super-saver option! Show you support, help kill the advertising, and receive full access to the patron's only stream, which is where the community of ideas will be born, live, and grow.
Pledge $5 or more per month
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Show you support, help kill the advertising, and receive full access to the patron's only stream, which is where the community of ideas will be born, live, and grow. It will be a space for troll-free discussion and debate. Think of it as a cross between a French salon, a coffee house, and an undergrad tutorial.
Pledge $15 or more per month
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Free stuff! At minimum, you will receive free access to my Udemy courses -- one of which is currently under development. I foresee books in your future as well -- mine and, perhaps, books by others too.
Pledge $50 or more per month
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I will read up to 2500 words of your writing each month and give you a 200-300 word reply. Those are guaranteed limits, but I may read and write more, if it seems warranted. If you'd prefer to express yourself in a manner other than writing, we can work something out!
Pledge $150 or more per month
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Let's talk on Skype! We'll schedule a one hour session each month to have a free-ranging conversation on anything you want to discuss. Our conversations will need take place in the evening or on weekends -- outside of normal work-a-day hours in Ottawa.
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I will develop a structured tutorial for you each month. We will work together to identify a topic or topics we can discuss and explore in a focussed and structured manner. My inspiration for these sessions will be the one-on-one conversations professors have with their graduate students. Our conversations will need take place in the evening or on weekends -- outside of normal work-a-day hours in Ottawa.