About

ENTP, 7w8

Cascadian who writes about philosophy, psychology, and language.

Matthew Stanley

Thought Technician, Concept Clinician

I enjoy the flow of ideas in thought and conversation. I’m constantly asking why things are what we say they are, and how we might be able to think them differently. I approach thinking as a therapeutic endeavor which involves the whole person — their fears, questions, values, and memories. Why choose one line of thought over another? Why develop your system in this direction and not that? My work attempts to unearth and analyze the messy inner workings of though. This reveals what is at stake in a certain argument or system, which in turn sheds greater light on the thinker’s decisions.

You can expect to find me regularly interacting with theories and thinkers in post-Kantian continental philosophy on this blog, as I have the most familiarity with those questions, conversations, and patterns of thinking. I also have interests in psychology, Protestant theology, Buddhism, and theories of power.

Primary influences

  • Slavoj Zizek
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Karl Barth
  • Michel Foucault
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Wheaton College (IL) (2018)

During my time at the Philosophy program at Wheaton College, I particularly focused on questions of textual interpretation and meaning. My work interacted heavily with continental philosophical thinkers such as Heidegger, Gadamer, and Wittgenstein.

Master of Arts in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis from GCAS College – (Expected completion: summer 2021)

I am currently a student in The Global Center of Advanced Studies’ Philosophy and Psychoanalysis program where I am working at the intersection of psychoanalysis, Christian theology, and continental philosophy. My advisor is Dr. Creston Davis, and you can find my research proposal here.

Employment

Launch Team Leader at Brivity (Current)

I am responsible for leading the StartUp team at the real estate CRM firm Brivity. My team onboards new customers coming out of Sales, sets them up with their CRM and IDX website, and makes the handoff to Support and Success. As the leader of the team, I constantly work to ensure my team has the resources they need to use their time effectively hit our goals, and provide an excellent customer experience. I enjoy an immense amount of freedom to identify problems, develop solutions, and re-build processes if necessary.

Co-founder at Sash
(2019 – Current)
Sash is a social embetterment platform which empowers users to display the full range of their training, experiences, skills, and interests through claiming badges for their ‘Sash.’ I collaborated with the three other co-founders to develop the product vision and business plan. I project managed the dev team and lead the QA process to ship Alpha on 5/2/2020. Beta is currently under development. I am also a primary contributor and editor at Sash’s blog.

Research Analyst at XBE, LLC
(2018 – 2020)
XBE is a science and technology company which revolutionizes the way asphalt contractors plan, execute, and analyze their work. My role as research analyst combined customer implementation, customer service, and customer success responsibilities, and gave me the opportunity to leverage data and process analysis to help customers improve their daily operations.

Teacher’s Assistant at Wheaton College (IL)
(2015 – 2018)
I worked as a teacher’s assistant for two professors, Dr. Vincent Bacote (Theology) and Dr. Seth Ehorn (Koine Greek), grading exams and papers, assisting with editing and bibliography for academic monographs, and conducting guided research.

I also have experience indexing, constructing bibliographies, and editing academic manuscripts for publication. If you are interested in my services, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or my blog’s Contact page. Thank you!

Publications

Academia.edu profile

  • “Postmodernity and the Structures of Creaturely Life: A Hermeneutical Proposal” in Philosophy and the Christian from The Davenant Institute (2018)
  • “‘It was Nothing’ – Heidegger and the Kyoto School on Anxiety and Nothingness” in “Dianoia: The Undergraduate Philosophy Journal at Boston College, Spring 2018, Issue V”