Protesilaos Stavrou

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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.

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. Check the announcement, which includes the video I prepared, the text of what I said, and a link to the FSF's press release about these awards.

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 video presentations there.

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/.

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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