Founder’s Story

“There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers,” writes Thoreau. “Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to live.”

Hi. I’m Pranay Sanklecha. At 13, I left my family in India to do my A-Levels in England. At 15, I was admitted to read PPE at Oxford. Since then I’ve been a schoolteacher, a commodities trader, a writer, a cook, a restaurant owner and, most recently, a professor of philosophy.

As an academic philosopher, I worked in political and moral philosophy, on topics such as climate justice, intergenerational justice, individual and collective responsibility and, most recently, on the meaning of life and the search for purpose.

I was on the tenure-track but I resigned. I’ve decided, in Thoreau’s terms, to stop being a professor of philosophy and try to be a philosopher instead.

“To be a philosopher,” continues Thoreau, “is … so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.”

I want to use everything I’ve learned as a philosopher to help people. That’s my purpose. So here I am.

Drop me a line at hello@darshana.love⇗. I’d love to hear from you.