Phila Back

Phila Back is an issue and electoral campaign organizer and independent philosopher.  Issues that she has worked on include land use and preservation, water, air, energy, mining, endangered species, public lands, climate, education, fair trade, healthcare, campaign finance reform and voting rights.  She has participated in an anti-poverty commission, revitalization plan committee and community garden project in Reading, Pennsylvania.

In 2015 and 2016 Back published a series of articles on neoliberalism in The Lehigh Valley Vanguard.

This work is the product of decades of training, experience and thought about how to get large numbers of people engaged in the democratic process.  She was a candidate for delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention pledged to Bernie Sanders.

Back has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Reed College.

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Shifting the Paradigm

With his 1962 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn launched the concept of paradigm shift which could be applied to a variety of historical cultural changes as well as desired future ones. 

May 8, 2023

Onward! From Minimal to Maximal Self

Fully living is not only what we by nature desire, it is also what we are fundamentally driven to do – at once maximizing our selves and the rest of life, while it in turn does the same for us.  Failing to do this mimimizes our selves and all else, so live!

April 5, 2023


A 2022 Under the Radar Movement

I discovered a new under the radar movement of otherwise inactive people talking to each other.  These were citizens freely acting on their own initiative to link up with others as citizens with the aim of  making real the promise of democracy.

November 30, 2022

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Silent Stalwart

Like the profuse blooms of the brown-eyed susan, a multitude of people must come forth to fully pursue, serve and save life.

August 3, 2022

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How citizens’ assemblies are revitalizing democracy

By forming citizens’ assemblies people can proceed to develop a vision of how they want their world to be, at the center of which are people actively engaged as citizens.

June 13, 2022


Introduction to Being Alive: A Guide for Human Action

I urge people to fulfill their true nature which consists of acting multidimensionally – as an individual human being, a member of their community, a citizen and an indivisible part of the living world – to achieve the just ecological civilization.

April 6, 2022

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