Careers for the Modern Philosopher with Daniel Coffeen on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 16

I first came across Daniel Coffeen when I listened to his popular 2008 Rhetoric class after the entire semester of lectures was made available online for free by UC Berkeley. His powerful and enthusiastic approach to teaching a traditional academic subject impressed me, and I’ve been following his career ever since–or at least I thought I had been. As I found out in this interview, there’s more to this philosopher, blogger, writer, podcaster, and teacher than I ever knew. In this episode Daniel tells us how he stays motivated after more than a decade freelancing, and how he knits together the seemingly unrelated strands of his successful and distinctive career.

Where to find Daniel online

Blog and Podcast:



Reading the Way of Things – Towards A New Technology of Making Sense:

2008 Rhetoric classes at UC Berkeley:

Resources mentioned in this episode

Art and Culture:

Gordon Rudow:

Zero Books:

Partially Examined Life:

Douglas Lain:

Friedrich Nietzsche:

William S. Burroughs:

Wachowski Brothers:

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival:

Jewish Film Institute:







San Francisco Giants:

The Matrix:

The Ring:

The Wire:

Rhodia Notepads:





Author: M. David Green

The host of Hack the Process, M. David Green is a writer and agile business coach, and the founder of Agile That Works, a consultancy that helps people in engineering organizations collaborate more effectively to make constant improvement a daily practice.

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