A rich life ought to be filled with an assortment of causes and projects which are undertaken, not for any material gain, but simply because they are worthy ways to spend one's time and energy. I have a plethora of causes in my life, but there are three intellectual projects that I have undertaken in recent years that I really enjoy working on for their own sake:
THE SOPHIA PROJECT
When I was a new faculty member at Molloy College, I was confronted with the fact that many students were totally befuddled by the philosophical texts they had to read for class. It struck me that I could use the Internet to create a repository of resources (edited online texts, commentaries, and even complete online courses) that could make the study of philosophy somewhat less daunting. The results of these labors was the Sophia Project, which was launched in 1999. The project originally included thousands of pages of materials and, during the decade it was in existence, was utilized by professors and students around the world. The new Sophia Project is now housed on its own dedicated website and includes only a fraction of its original resources, since my focus now is on publishing texts. Nonetheless, I think that the site is still an extremely useful resource for anyone interested in learning about philosophy or Ethics.
BLOGS: WISDOM'S HAVEN AND ECOBLOG
Blogs are the smart man's way of communicating on-line. Unlike Twitter and Facebook, which allow only small brain-farts, a blog allows one the possibility of developing ideas in their richness and complexity. And that precisely is the reason why no one writes blog posts: because no one is really interested in developing ideas any more. It's a real pity, too!
Besides writing posts for my own blog, I also manage two other blog sites: Ecoblog allows me to write on environmental topics, which I'm absolutely fanatical about. Wisdom's Haven started out as my personal philosophy blog, but I've decided to broaden it to allow other faculty and even students to participate in dialogues about philosophy, religion, ethics, and politics -- you know, all the good stuff!
Each of these blogs is open to everyone with an opinion, so feel free to check them out and chime in on any topics that interest you.