In Conversation With Author J. Aaron Simmons at M.Judson Booksellers

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Join M.Judson Booksellers on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 5:30 pm for an In Conversation event with author J. Aaron Simmons. He’ll be chatting about his new book Camping with Kierkegaard: Faithfulness as a Way of Life, alongside M.Judson Booksellers’s Jim Scott.

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In this book, Aaron Simmons takes us on a trip to the mountains to reflect on the meaning of life. In a world too often defined by a quest for “success” that leaves us empty, alone, and anxious, Simmons seeks “faithfulness“ outdoors with thinkers and artists from Aristotle to Kierkegaard, Sartre to Anne Lamott, and Kendrick Lamar to Donovan Woods. Simmons invites us to rethink what it means to make choices, take risks, be alone and silent while cultivating friendships, and to find our calling by facing our vulnerability. In the end, Simmons shows that faithfulness is more than a religious concept. It is about living a life of risk with direction.


J. Aaron Simmons was born near the Hiwassee River in Tennessee, grew up near the beaches of Florida, and now lives near the Carolina mountains. Simmons paid his way through college by working construction and playing drums professionally.

He is now a professor of philosophy at Furman Univeristy in Greenville, South Carolina and specializes in philosophy of religion, existentialism, and phenomenology. Having published widely, Simmons is the author or editor of numerous books including God and the Other (Indiana University Press), The New Phenomenology (Bloomsbury), Christian Philosophy (Oxford University Press), Kierkegaard’s God and the Good Life (Indiana University Press), and Re-Examining Deconstruction and Determinate Religion (Duquesne University Press), among others.

An award-winning teacher, Simmons essays have appeared in some of the most distinguished journals in philosophy and religious studies, and he is a widely sought-after public speaker. Simmons is the former President of the Søren Kierkegaard Society (USA), the former President of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy, sits on the Executive Board of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology, and has held other professional positions with the Society of Christian Philosophers and The American Academy of Religion. Simmons is actively engaged in public philosophy on his influential YouTube channel, “Philosophy for Where We Find Ourselves,” and he has been interviewed for numerous podcasts. An avid mountain biker and trout fisherman, Simmons thinks philosophy is always relevant to life. He has been married to his wife, Vanessa for 22 years and they have a thirteen-year-old son, Atticus, who loves parkour and skateboarding. His new broad audience book, Camping with Kierkegaard: Faithfulness as a Way of Life (Wisdom/Work), seeks to bring existential philosophy together with a life of meaning (especially in the outdoors).

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