Author, speaker, teacher, internaut, counselor, coach, and consultant, Dr. Frank Purcell is primarily known as a philosopher and a poet.
When he was very young a book called Philosophy Made Simple
fell into his hands. It was one of those oversized paperbacks printed on cheap paper, and the opening quote from Spinoza raised the crucial question, Why are people so damned miserable so much of the time? It is a question he has follwed to this day, through thinkers like Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard, through Eastern schools of wisdom (including a couple of years of Sanskrit in graduate school) and some of the Western mystery traditions. In addition to his traditional education in philosophy, the social sciences, and education, he has studied with William Irwin Thompson, Christopher Bamford, and Gregory Bateson at the Lindisfarne Association, and with Ira Progoff at the Dialogue House National Intensive Journal Program. He has published in the Teachers College Record
, the International Philosophical Quarterly
, and Black Oak Presents
. He is active in the Transfiguration Community and the Communion and Liberation movement, and has served as Program Chair of the 1980 Annual Convocation of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, as cochair of the University Seminar on contemporary South Asia at Columbia, and as Director, public relations officer, and program chair of Greater New York Mensa.
On the way Frank has taught on all levels from kindergarten through graduate school, in the South Bronx, Harlem and Spanish Harlem, Crown Heights and the Lower East Side, subjects including math, science, English, social studies, adult basic literacy, and high school equivalency. He has written cultural essays for a paleoconservative web site, and college reviews for a right wing think tank and pressure group, and served as list manager and webmaster for religious and ecumenical concerns.
Frank Purcell has been active in the financial services industry since the middle 1980s, and was an information technology specialist for a Wall Street bank when, as a delayed result of 9/11, his job was shipped to India.
He is presently active in financial education, giving individuals and families the knowledge base needed to survive and thrive in these bad times, and providing a unique opportinity
to those with entrepreneurial orientations, while of course continuing to write.