Cliff Sosis is creating in-depth autobiographical interviews with philosophers.
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patrons

$110
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My name is Cliff Sosis. I created What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, a website that features in-depth autobiographical interviews with philosophers. Over the past 3 years, I've invested a lot of time and money running the site. Why? Because I find philosophers fascinating! I'm interested in what philosophers are working on of course, but in the interviews, I focus a bit more on the personality of the philosopher, the roots of the philosophy that extend back into their childhoods or high school years, and the influences, including parents and teachers, students and colleagues...society in general! I also try to figure out the impact philosophy has on the life of the philosopher. How do our theories shape our lives and vice versa? Are they isolated in some cases? This gives us a fuller picture of how the people who do philosophy work, and a fuller picture of how philosophy works. We don't really talk about this stuff as much as we should, I think. It doesn't hurt that these stories are also intrinsically interesting and often moving! I intend to work on this thing until I can't work on it anymore. So, if you like the site and have found it illuminating or inspiring, I would appreciate your support. Thanks everybody!
Rewards
Supporter!
$1 or more per month 23 patrons
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, and receive a monthly newsletter for as long as you support the site!
Silver Supporter!
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a nifty bumper sticker!!
Gold Supporter!
$20 or more per month 1 patron
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a nifty bumper sticker, and sweet t-shirt!!! I'm afraid you will have to be a supporter for 2 months before I send out the t-shirt. I'm not made of t-shirts. 
Platinum Supporter!
$50 or more per month 1 patron
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a nifty bumper sticker, a sweet t-shirt, and a one of a kind thank you doodle!!!! I'm afraid you will have to be a supporter for 2 months before I send out the t-shirt and doodle. I'm not made of t-shirts. Or doodles. 
Goals
$110 of $1,750 per month
The in-depth autobiographical interviews for What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? are conducted via e-mail. This gives subjects an opportunity to give detailed, thoughtful answers to probing, sometimes personal, questions. This process is time intensive: producing the interviews can take months or, in some cases, years. Nowadays, I am interviewing 10 to 15 people at a time and releasing an interview or two a month. I spend approximately 70+ hours a month identifying subjects, sending interview requests, researching, composing questions, reading answers, editing, formatting, publishing, and promoting interviews, maintaining the site, and answering e-mails. I love doing this and I think it is important. It helps non-philosophers understand philosophers, and philosophers understand each other. If you like the interviews, if you think they are important, please, consider supporting the site. Thanks!
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My name is Cliff Sosis. I created What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, a website that features in-depth autobiographical interviews with philosophers. Over the past 3 years, I've invested a lot of time and money running the site. Why? Because I find philosophers fascinating! I'm interested in what philosophers are working on of course, but in the interviews, I focus a bit more on the personality of the philosopher, the roots of the philosophy that extend back into their childhoods or high school years, and the influences, including parents and teachers, students and colleagues...society in general! I also try to figure out the impact philosophy has on the life of the philosopher. How do our theories shape our lives and vice versa? Are they isolated in some cases? This gives us a fuller picture of how the people who do philosophy work, and a fuller picture of how philosophy works. We don't really talk about this stuff as much as we should, I think. It doesn't hurt that these stories are also intrinsically interesting and often moving! I intend to work on this thing until I can't work on it anymore. So, if you like the site and have found it illuminating or inspiring, I would appreciate your support. Thanks everybody!

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Rewards
Supporter!
$1 or more per month 23 patrons
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, and receive a monthly newsletter for as long as you support the site!
Silver Supporter!
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a nifty bumper sticker!!
Gold Supporter!
$20 or more per month 1 patron
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a nifty bumper sticker, and sweet t-shirt!!! I'm afraid you will have to be a supporter for 2 months before I send out the t-shirt. I'm not made of t-shirts. 
Platinum Supporter!
$50 or more per month 1 patron
You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, receive a monthly newsletter, and get access to interviews a week early for as long as you support the site. You'll also get a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a nifty bumper sticker, a sweet t-shirt, and a one of a kind thank you doodle!!!! I'm afraid you will have to be a supporter for 2 months before I send out the t-shirt and doodle. I'm not made of t-shirts. Or doodles.