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1. Philosophy For Us All.

 

This is not an esoteric philosophy site. It focuses on the practicalities of human existence. It concerns all people who want a better life for themselves, humanity, and their more extended environment. The creed of this site is that this can only be achieved by engaging PHILOSOPHY FOR US ALL.

 Painting by Hieronymous Bosch, a Dutch painter (ca. 1450 - 1516), depicting the globe of Earth as a garden of eden.

This motto has the semblance of a worn-out slogan, a faded sign. Philosophy has been around for a long time and has been endlessly trying to sell us on its preconceived ways to think, feel, and act. In many instances, its variants shaped our cultural settings and were imposed by tutelage and guardianship and a mere claim of applicability. But was it really ever offered or promised in a true sense of "wanting to know" as its translation implies? Were we educated, permitted, or encouraged to question established philosophies and freely make up our own minds about our ways of life? When we look closely to answer these questions, we find mostly disappointment. We find that PHILOSOPHY FOR US ALL was a false advertisement for attempts to subject us to somebody else's philosophy. It is time to clean up this tarnished old placard and put it to genuine use in our service.

 

2. Waking Up Traditional Philosophy.

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This is why Palioxis Publishing is dedicated to the publication of practical philosophy. It seeks to assist placing philosophy into the central role, which we individually and as a species require to master our challenges. Too long has philosophy been asleep while claiming authority to reign the life considerations of humankind. Too long has it veiled its absence by demands to respect and worship faint ghosts it sells as godlike spirits and their unremarkable, unhelpful, or misleading constructs. Too long has it permitted the creatures of its nightmares to haunt humanity with ideological predations. Too long has its lack of inspiration relegated it to oddities in museums of thought. Too long has autonomous consideration been banished by dogmas that seek to manipulate and force us into uncritical acceptance and compliance. Too long have we left it to others to think for us and guide us. Too long have we ignored, abdicated, and outsourced our mind and our responsibility for ourselves and our world. The issues confronting us individually and in a larger context cry out to be addressed in a thoughtful, systematic manner.

 

3. Missed Opportunities, Errors, and Deception.

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Yet the knowledge about what can be done to make this a better world remains underdeveloped, giving room to misguided and misguiding forces. Most of human history, we have been held back and contorted by tribal urges, hierarchic instincts, and superstitions. At times, it seemed the world began to be transformed by philosophies that focused on critical thinking. Humanity seemed to awake from self-imposed delusions and suppression and reach for higher levels of conscience. But many of these movements were too tentative or divided among themselves, or did not receive sufficient support. More than that, many were inherently flawed, or were stunted, perverted, and used to debase and torture humanity for vain or insane purposes instead of lifting it up.

 

Thus, humanity's yearning for a better life has continued despite sometimes monumental efforts. Overall, progress has been slow, uneven, and marred by many setbacks. And although we may want to detect that humankind and our life circumstances are developing into the right direction despite all failings, obstacles, and setbacks, we are also put on credible notice by our experiences that this may not be so.

 

4. Negative Consequences.

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This has made us rightfully suspicious of traditional philosophies and instilled us with the resignation that we must cope without them. Even as declared belief systems, philosophies have steadily been in retreat, giving way to lip service and superficial conformance or abandonment altogether. One might be glad that humanity is leaving past errors, misdirections, and shackles behind. However, it has been disappointingly willing to replace them with shortsighted ideological  commitments to fill the lack of guidance when circumstances become too unbearable. Or, in an inept search for the purpose and fulfillment philosophy promised and betrayed, it resigns to rudderless pursuits that strike its fancy without a deeper plan.

 

Even where philosophies improved circumstances, many beneficiaries have settled into a life of consumption and fleeting material benefits this success enabled without concern for the consequences and without much understanding or appreciation of what made the advancement possible - or the further advancement it could enable. Regardless of whether philosophies have benefited us or damaged us, many of us act without a well-considered philosophy. Many of us act opportunistically according to what we deem beneficial without giving it much critical thought. We follow indoctrinations and blend into cultural dictates and conveniences to make the best of our situation.

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Painting by Hieronymous Bosch, a Dutch painter (ca. 1450 - 1516), depicting a dystopic dark world in flames with surrealist monstrosities.While our minds were adrift, we and the forces to which we have ceded our sovereignty have been creating and permitting  circumstances that threaten our well-being and survival individually and as a species.

 

These predations are known or could be known without much effort. But their number, complexity, size, and frightful prospects - and  convenience - make us ignore them and trust everything will be alright against reasonable indication. We want to believe these threats do not exist, will vanish by themselves, or that someone will make them go away. This leads us to trust charlatans and deceivers. We let them manage our world while we bury our heads and hearts in private lives whose  limited ambitions focus on more immediate concerns and reaches. We keep busy trying to edge out and master an existence within the circumstances we endow or allow.

 

As a consequence of our own shortsighted behavior and the behavior of the powers to which we abdicated, environmental and economic damage, societal decay, suppression, unrest, war, and individual suffering increase. But rather than addressing this growing menace, we double down with diversions, willful ignorance, and false hope of salvation. The often daunting challenges of correcting and retrieving our life and the lives of many others makes us turn away and concentrate on ordinary pursuits even more. We keep ignoring that our and humanity's fate cannot improve, and, if we continue in our unconsidered behavior, is likely to deteriorate, until we use our minds and hearts to their given capacity and focus them on identifying and addressing our purposes and challenges.

 

5. Wondering What To Do.

 

Possibly, we only are ready to expand our mind after the refusal of our responsibilities reaches extremely uncomfortable levels. But such levels are sooner or later certain to result from our derelictions, if not for us then for future generations. At that time, saving Painting by Hieronymous Bosch, a Dutch painter (ca. 1450 - 1516), depicting a magician performing under the scrutiny of a spectator.ourselves, them, and humankind may be much more difficult, less effective, or impossible. And we will have wasted precious time with unnecessary pain caused by our delay.

 

We may thus decide to look for solutions to our troubles. But how do we search and how will we identify and acquire the competence of a proposed solution? Although we may take note of what others are thinking and doing, in the end, we will have to understand and confirm whether their suggestions work for us. And likely many objectives and their pursuits will require us to devise personalized solutions of our own. These tasks require that we develop our personal philosophical capabilities.

 

To the extent advice can be legitimately given for the development of these capabilities, and suggestions can be legitimately made for consideration in application of these capabilities, philosophical authors are tasked to give assistance.

 

6. The Mission of Palioxis Publishing.

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The mission of Palioxis Publishing is to help in both regards. Its name derives from an ancient Greek word that stands for the concept of turning around in battle after losing courage and fleeing to face the challenge and push back. The concept was an impersonation of Athena, the Greek goddess of war, who was also the goddess of practical wisdom. She was depicted on shields rallying troops in retreat. "Palioxis" in the Palioxis Publishing name then stands for practical wisdom fighting back against error and ignorance. The Palioxis Publishing logo constitutes a visual representation of this idea.

 

The foundational work in Palioxis's mission has been written by me under the title Philosophy of Happiness. It is focused on enabling readers to develop their philosophical capabilities and put them to constructive use. It is also meant to support them in critically evaluating other philosophies and pursuits. More information about this work is available on its dedicated website, www.philosophyofhappiness.com. However, due to the vast range of subjects in which human life can benefit from support by philosophy and other sciences, this book can only briefly address many areas that require, or can benefit from, further research and dissemination of results.

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Palioxis promotes the writing and publication of works in these areas that can improve the human condition. In this effort, Palioxis Publishing breaks the mold of the traditional role and profit motives of a publisher. Instead, it seeks to advance the independent competence of authors and their work's purpose of assisting the public. Further details of how Palioxis Publishing can support authors are described in other parts of this website, particularly the Services section.

 

7. Site Orientation.

 

This website is divided into nine sections. Beyond this introductory Home page, the Philosophy section describes the underlying philosophy of Palioxis Publishing's efforts and argues in favor of reorganizing philosophy to advance scientific and practical insights and implement the idea of "PHILOSOPHY FOR US ALL." The Publications section features the publications already issued by Palioxis Publishing. The Services section provides information about the services of Palioxis Publishing to writers of eligible works. The Submittal section informs authors about the submittal process and contains relevant links. The Contact section contains a form to contact Palioxis Publishing in matters not related to submittals for consultation or publishing. The Blog section discusses issues regarding the writing and publishing of nonfiction books. The Login section pertains to access by existing customers of Palioxis Publishing only. Finally, the Terms of Use spell out the underlying legal conditions for the use of thisHead frame portrait photo of Martin Janello, the author of the Philosophy of Happiness book and website. website and related materials.

 

8. Share The Idea.

 

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Thank you and best wishes,

 

Martin Janello

 

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