Protesilaos Stavrou

Contributor to free software and libre knowledge

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All my publications are free/libre and I shall never put anything behind a paywall. This also means that donations will not give you any special perks or some kind of privilege.

I am a philosopher. My website is a de facto resource for self-learning. I contribute to GNU Emacs and free software in a number of ways, while I also write or talk about non-software-related issues. Below is an overview for those who are not familiar with my work.

Packages for GNU Emacs

I develop and maintain a growing number of packages for Emacs. You can find the full list here: https://protesilaos.com/emacs/. Among them is the modus-themes (modus-operandi and modus-vivendi themes) which is built into Emacs version 28 or higher, and the increasingly popular denote note-taking system.

Every package comes with comprehensive documentation and sample code on how to use it and/or configure it further. The change logs I publish also cover all the relevant information.

On 2022-03-19 the Free Software Foundation awarded me the 2021 Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor. I have since received the physical item. Pictures and video update: https://protesilaos.com/codelog/2022-09-01-emacs-fsf-award/.

Videos on Emacs and related philosophy

I have published tens of video tutorials on various aspects of Emacs. Everything is available on my website's coding blog section: https://protesilaos.com/codelog/. Or check the "code casts" subsection which only includes videos: https://protesilaos.com/code-casts/.

I also talk about software freedom and concomitant concepts. Some examples of those:

Philosophy and other writings

I am a prolific writer on abstract matters of philosophy but also on more practical life issues. My overall approach to philosophy is that (i) it must consist of insights that one can live by and (ii) the language used to communicate those should not be an impediment to their understanding. Put differently, I do not write for an academic audience, do not rely on jargon, do not introduce alien concepts without explaining them in context, and do not try to impress or confuse the reader by using hyperbole, paradoxes, intentionally misleading expressions, or other techniques of rhetoric.

Check the section of my website on books and standalone essays: https://protesilaos.com/books/. There also are lots of video presentations there, including ones where I walk in nature and expound on some philosophical theme.

Sometimes I publish excerpts of comments I make via email or other media. Those are always shared with the express permission of my correspondent. The topics are primarily philosophical though are directly linked to practical scenaria. If you want to ask me such questions, feel welcome to do so: https://protesilaos.com/commentary/.

I also provide philosophical commentary on works of art, typically Greek songs whose lyrics I translate. You can find those in the "interpretations" section of my website: https://protesilaos.com/interpretations.

For more, check all my publication indices: https://protesilaos.com/publications/.

Everything I have ever written on my website since 2011 when I got started is available under copyleft terms: https://protesilaos.com.

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