To encourage individuals and communities to orient themselves around ideas based on the merit of their practical consequences rather than toward abstract, fixed, or all-encompassing notions of truth.
A Pragmatic Approach to Ideas
Erraticus is an online publication focused on human flourishing, taking a pragmatic approach to ideas. We care about ideas that help us to live well together, focusing on their practical consequences. We want to engage with ideas that work, minimizing the frequent fruitlessness that stems from barren dichotomies, rigid ideologies, and detached theorizing.
We primarily publish long-form and short-form essays that blur the lines between the academic and our many publics, remaining intellectually rigorous and emotionally prescient. In addition to poetry, we are also home to the Damn the Absolute! podcast.
Erraticus was founded in 2016 by Jeffrey Howard. Having experienced the rather infertile nature of approaching ideas or truth as abstract, universal, and unembodied, we seek to nurture views focused on the tangible fruits of ideas rather than merely their roots.
A Community Committed to Fruitful Ideas
A consistent feature of reality is one of change and contingency, both in nature and our human-created institutions. Because of this, we approach such matters with intellectual humility and open-mindedness rather than hold to hard categories or fixed dualisms.
We resist reductivistic and overly theoretical views of the world.
We value perspectives originating from experience, judging the merits of ideas based on the results they have for us in our practical lives.
We believe better beliefs, knowledge, and, ultimately, meaning come through a community of inquirers, engaged with the questions of living, and that through such an approach, we can make our individual lives and communities better than they are today.
While appreciating the accumulated wisdom of the past, we are forward-looking, realizing that what worked well in the past will not necessarily work well in the present nor in the future. In that spirit, we acknowledge the benefits and importance of a plurality of voices, especially at the local level where social, moral, and political concerns are most effectively addressed.
We are a community committed to fruitful ideas.
Erraticus Editorial Board
Jeffrey Howard — Editor-in-Chief
Derek Parsons — Contributing Editor | Philosophy, Religion
Heather Cazad — Editorial Assistant | Arts, Culture, Education
Joshua R. H. Parsons — Editorial Assistant | Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Technology
Nicole Carloni — Editorial Assistant | Global Health, Politics, Religion, Science
The editorial team at Erraticus is dedicated to engaging with ideas from a practical perspective, fostering a community committed to fruitful ideas. We are passionate about taking a pragmatic approach to ideas but aim to hold these values gently and with intellectual humility.
Year in Review
To remain transparent, and to keep our community informed as to developments, the Editorial Board publishes an annual statement regarding the state of Erraticus. These statements reflect the current vision and recent achievements accomplished by the Erraticus community. The Year in Review also highlights the annual Erraticus Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice Award Winners.
Although Erraticus was founded in 2016, these yearly reviews did not become formalized until 2020.