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About me

  • Name: Protesilaos (Πρωτεσίλαος)
  • Birth place: Greece
  • Birth year: 1988
  • Residence: Cyprus (Troodos mountain range)
  • Email: public@protesilaos.com (check the contact page for further information)

The following is an expanded version of my Curriculum Vitae (CV).


In my teens I was a semi-professional football (soccer) player and, at times, an assistant to a land surveyor and a motorcycle mechanic.

During my university years I was employed as a bartender, construction worker, receptionist, waiter, etc. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in European Politics, Economics, and Law.

After my studies in mid-2011 and up until ~2016 I got involved in politics-related fields (parliamentary assistant at the European Parliament, independent researcher and external contractor, etc.), with a specialisation in the European Union’s Economic and Monetary Union.

Now I am nominally committed to agricultural activities in a remote mountainous region in Cyprus, though the prevailing conditions (the pandemic, persistent economic recession…) mean that I am oscillating between states of under- and un- employment.

Those granted, I am just a philosopher. I spend much of my time doing philosophy, whether that is by thinking or writing. I also program my custom computing environment and generally try to do things my way for their inherent recreational or educational value.

I care about human connections and hope my publications will help in that regard.

Work on philosophy

I talk, write, and do philosophy. I generally try to express myself in plain terms and make my thoughts relatable to everyone. I consider my theories “practical”, in the sense that I put them to the test and live by those precepts.

My website contains three distinct sections with philosophical content:

  1. The “books and standalone essays” contains my core work: https://protesilaos.com/books.
  2. The “general commentary on life” consists of anonymised excerpts from exchanges I have with other people and/or entries from my journal: https://protesilaos.com/commentary/.
  3. The “interpretations” cover my philosophical commentary on works of art (typically Greek songs which I translate): https://protesilaos.com/interpretations.

As of 2022-10-07, I am doing videos on philosophy where I walk in nature and expound on my thoughts. Find those in the aforementioned “books” section. This effort is made possible by a 500 EUR donation I received which allowed me to buy a smartphone (Samsung A53), its charging adapter, and a selfie stick.

Work on GNU Emacs

I maintain lots of packages for Emacs, including the modus-themes which are a part of core Emacs and the increasingly popular denote note-taking system. Find all my packages here: https://protesilaos.com/emacs. And follow my coding blog for relevant updates: https://protesilaos.com/codelog.

Sometimes I blend programming with philosophy, as made evident by such questions as the one that populates my GitLab/GitHub profile’s description:

At what point does a tinkerer become a programmer, provided no formal background in the latter?

Or in some of the older videos I made which are nominally about a text editor but I actually talk philosophy, such as:

In a manner of speaking, I just talk to programmers about philosophy and to philosophers about programming. Another relevant introduction is My ‘Brown University Interviews’ on Emacs and life (2021-10-29). A comprehensive interview with InfoQ China on Emacs and life may also prove useful (2022-04-10).

On 2022-03-19 the Free Software Foundation awarded me the 2021 Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor. I received it in my mail in late August 2022. Here is the announcement, which also includes all links to the backstory, as well as a video of me showing the physical item: https://protesilaos.com/codelog/2022-09-01-emacs-fsf-award/ (pictures too!).


This website has been online since 2011. It contains more than 1000 entries on a wide range of topics, all of which are available under the appropriate copyleft terms that ensure end user freedom—see the license and resources page. Read, learn, think, and reach your own conclusions.

What I wrote in the past may not represent my current views. I review, change, refine my beliefs as part of a life of research and reflection. If you are looking for consistency, a dogma to follow, a narcissist to idolise, you need to look elsewhere. It is important to understand that you should not follow me, for I am not going anywhere in particular.

Also on

Note that my active Git repositories are on SourceHut (migrating there as of 2022-04-07). For select projects, mirrors are available on GitLab and GitHub.