John Sullivan authors his fifth book

The Powell Professor of Philosophy Emeritus continues his writing on the seasons of life

Powell Professor of Philosophy Emeritus John G. Sullivan has published his fifth book, “Integral Living: Embracing the Four Seasons of Life as Daily Practice.” The book continues his theme of writing about the seasons of life. Sullivan’s book includes chapters on “The Spring Student-in-us,” “The Summer Householder-in-us,” “The Autumn Forest Dweller,” and “The Winter Sage.” 

Sullivan studies and teaches about philosophy, psychology and spirituality, and speaks and writes frequently about the process of aging and becoming an elder in society. He joined the Elon faculty in the Department of Philosophy in 1970 and was later named the Maude Sharpe Powell Professor, the first recipient of that endowed chair. In 2002 he was named Elon’s first Distinguished University Professor. Sullivan retired in 2006 after 36 years of service to the university. In addition to his work at Elon, Sullivan is a long-time participant of Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health) in Laurel Md. He co-founded the Institute’s SOPHIA project (School of Philosophy and Healing in Action), a program for adult learners that applies the philosophy underlying Chinese medicine to everyday life.

“Integral Living: Embracing the Four Seasons of Life as Daily Practice” is available through and is a publication of Second Journey Publications of Chapel Hill, N.C. The cover of the book is a photo by Karen York of Whitsett, N.C.