JB Imaginative

I was born in Uppsala, Sweden, but emigrated with my family, to New York City, in my early teens, where I spent my high school and most of my college years, studying the languages and literatures of ancient Greece, Rome, Germany, and France. Upon graduation I left the United States for over a decade, completing my M.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin in Germany, at the University of Heidelberg, where I also served as an adjunct professor, and my Ph.D. in Philosophy, Greek, and Latin, at the same university, though most of my time devoted to the latter degree was spent as a guest researcher in France and Italy. Upon completion of the doctorate I went through a volunteer teaching stint in Otjombinde, Namibia, after which I became a professor of Philosophy, Greek, and Latin at the American University of Paris. At the beginning of 2014 I chose to withdraw from my position and to return to the U.S., where I now reside, in order to concentrate on my writing.

I write mainly philosophy, but with forays into other media as well, such as a memoir and poetry. My work focuses mainly on aesthetics, ethics, contemporary culture, political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of history. My search for Greekness in all things is a continuing motivation, and the beauty of the ancient Greek is everywhere, for those willing to see it.

My current violin, made in the Saxon town of Markneukirchen, German Empire, in 1902.

My main hobby is also one of the great loves of my life: the violin, which I play every day. My second hobby is physical training: Part of not just studying but living the Greek spirit involves, for me, a devotion to athleticism. To the often more monistically minded Greeks, the physical and mental aspects would each be unthinkable without the other.