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Justin Good

Lecturer at Wesleyan University and Co-Executive Director of The Sanctuary

Ph.D., Boston University
B.A., State University of New York at Purchase

Dr. Justin Good (Ph. D., Boston University) is a philosopher, teacher, and Co-Executive Director of The Sanctuary at Shepardfields, a non-profit organization located on a forty-acre community land trust in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. He teaches philosophy at Central Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University, University of Connecticut, and Middlesex Community College and is the author of Wittgenstein and the Theory of Perception (Thoemmes Continuum, 2006). 

Inspired by Socrates as a philosopher who ensconced himself in his community and saw philosophy as a way of life, Justin has pursued philosophy mostly outside of the professional domain. His interest in local community development, including especially educational outreach efforts towards environmental sustainability, led him towards his current role as Executive Director of the Sanctuary at Shepardfields, a non-profit organization which promotes environmental education and interfaith spirituality. At the Sanctuary, a solar-powered mini-farm based on a 40-acre community land preserve, he lives with his partner Jen Taylor, a philosopher and yoga instructor, where they raise free-range chickens and goats, and host educational and community-building events including a children’s circus and yoga camp, spirituality conferences, music festivals as well as regular classes in philosophy, meditation, sacred music and green building skills.

Justin’s current research interests include the philosophy of Incarceration and criminal Justice, including prison education, prison abolition and restorative justice; philosophy of money, banking, digital currencies, MMT and Public Banking movement; philosophy of transhumanism, AI and Machine Learning; Transpersonalist epistemology, including Controlled Remote Viewing, Past Life Hypnosis, Entheogens, Indigenous Epistemologies and Exo-philosophy (Philosophy of Extraterrestrial Contact).

Some of Justin’s current projects include:
FOUNDING MEMBER, Public Bank Connecticut - a volunteer-run group working to form a public bank in Connecticut, owned by the people of Connecticut, to promote diversity, equity, sustainability and economic renewal.
CREATOR AND FACILITATOR, The Sophia Project - a mindfulness and spiritual education program for incarcerated individuals using the mindfulness-based emotional intelligence model developed by Prison Mindfulness Institute, scheduled to be running in 2021 at a women’s prison in CT pending covid in-person teaching constraints.
CREATOR AND FACILITATOR, The Meditation Miracles Sangha - an interfaith mindfulness sangha based on the forgiveness practice of A Course in Miracles, currently meeting online twice a week. This group is open to the public and offered as a community service supporting emotional and social wellness.

Publications & Programs

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Wittgenstein and the Theory of Perception



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