Cliff Sosis is creating in-depth autobiographical interviews with philosophers.
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My name is Cliff Sosis. I'm a philosopher at Coastal Carolina University. I created, and in my spare time I run, What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, a website featuring in-depth autobiographical interviews with philosophers. Interviews you can’t find anywhere else. In the interviews, you get a sense of what makes living, breathing philosophers tick. How one becomes a philosopher. The interviews show how our theories shape our lives and how our experiences influence our theories. They reveal what philosophers have in common, if anything, and what our goals are. Overall, the interviews give you a fuller picture of how the people who do philosophy work, and a better idea of how philosophy works. This stuff isn't discussed as often as it should be, I think, and these stories are extremely interesting and moving!

Donations from supporters help keep What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? running. Producing interviews is an extremely time-intensive process. Interviews are conducted via e-mail, which gives subjects an opportunity to give detailed, thorough answers to challenging questions. It can take weeks, months or, in some cases, years, to create an interview. Currently, around 20 people are being interviewed at any given moment, and one or two interviews are released per month. It takes at least 70 hours a month to identify subjects, send interview requests, do research, compose questions, read answers, edit, format, publish, and promote interviews, maintain the site, and respond to e-mails. It’s a lot of work! I think the money, time, and energy spent doing this is worth it. If you agree, if you like the site and you find it illuminating or inspiring, please seriously consider supporting it. All supporters 1) receive a monthly newsletter, where I talk about who I am interviewing and what is going on behind the scenes, 2) are given a credit on the site (if you wish, you can donate anonymously), and 3) have the opportunity to occasionally nominate, and vote on, who will be interviewed. Depending on your level of support, you can also get early access to interviewsa postcard, or a photographic print. Anything you can do will be deeply appreciated!

Tiers
Supporter!
$1 or more per month

You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), get a chance to nominate and vote on interview subjects, receive a monthly newsletter for as long as you support the site, and a nifty 4.0" x 6.0" What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? postcard (after you've been a supporter for 2 months)!

Supporter Plus!
$3 or more per month

You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), get a chance to nominate and vote on interview subjects, receive a monthly newsletter, get early access to interviews, and a beautiful 8.0" x 11.3" What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? photographic print (after you've been a supporter for 2 months)!  

Super Supporter!
$5 or more per month

You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), get a chance to nominate and vote on interview subjects, receive a monthly newsletter, get early access to interviews, and a stunning 12.0" x 17.0" What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? photographic print (after you've been a supporter for 2 months)! 

Goals
24% complete
If I reach this goal, I can cover my costs and make roughly $7.25 an hour producing and promoting the interviews! 


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My name is Cliff Sosis. I'm a philosopher at Coastal Carolina University. I created, and in my spare time I run, What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher?, a website featuring in-depth autobiographical interviews with philosophers. Interviews you can’t find anywhere else. In the interviews, you get a sense of what makes living, breathing philosophers tick. How one becomes a philosopher. The interviews show how our theories shape our lives and how our experiences influence our theories. They reveal what philosophers have in common, if anything, and what our goals are. Overall, the interviews give you a fuller picture of how the people who do philosophy work, and a better idea of how philosophy works. This stuff isn't discussed as often as it should be, I think, and these stories are extremely interesting and moving!

Donations from supporters help keep What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? running. Producing interviews is an extremely time-intensive process. Interviews are conducted via e-mail, which gives subjects an opportunity to give detailed, thorough answers to challenging questions. It can take weeks, months or, in some cases, years, to create an interview. Currently, around 20 people are being interviewed at any given moment, and one or two interviews are released per month. It takes at least 70 hours a month to identify subjects, send interview requests, do research, compose questions, read answers, edit, format, publish, and promote interviews, maintain the site, and respond to e-mails. It’s a lot of work! I think the money, time, and energy spent doing this is worth it. If you agree, if you like the site and you find it illuminating or inspiring, please seriously consider supporting it. All supporters 1) receive a monthly newsletter, where I talk about who I am interviewing and what is going on behind the scenes, 2) are given a credit on the site (if you wish, you can donate anonymously), and 3) have the opportunity to occasionally nominate, and vote on, who will be interviewed. Depending on your level of support, you can also get early access to interviewsa postcard, or a photographic print. Anything you can do will be deeply appreciated!

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Tiers
Supporter!
$1 or more per month

You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), get a chance to nominate and vote on interview subjects, receive a monthly newsletter for as long as you support the site, and a nifty 4.0" x 6.0" What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? postcard (after you've been a supporter for 2 months)!

Supporter Plus!
$3 or more per month

You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), get a chance to nominate and vote on interview subjects, receive a monthly newsletter, get early access to interviews, and a beautiful 8.0" x 11.3" What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? photographic print (after you've been a supporter for 2 months)!  

Super Supporter!
$5 or more per month

You will be listed as an official supporter on What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? (if you wish), get a chance to nominate and vote on interview subjects, receive a monthly newsletter, get early access to interviews, and a stunning 12.0" x 17.0" What Is It Like to Be a Philosopher? photographic print (after you've been a supporter for 2 months)!