Philosophy as a Way of Life Today: History, Criticism, and Apology

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Abstract

This essay discusses the possibility, relevance, and pertinence of a reactivation of philosophy as a way of life today on the basis of Pierre Hadot’s account and recent scholarly approaches to the topic. In the wake of John Sellars, it regards philosophy as a way of life as a metaphilosophical option that can still be applied today. The essay starts by addressing John Cooper’s criticism of philosophy as a way of life in the contemporary philosophical landscape and shows that, against the background of the model defined by Hadot, Cooper’s objections do not apply. It then illustrates the clear expression of the model in contemporary philosophy through the particular case of Nietzsche. It concludes by outlining some of the considerations that, in the wake of Hadot, Sellars, Michael Chase, and others, might persuade researchers, teachers, and academics to embrace philosophy as a way of life in their work and lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-374
Number of pages18
JournalMetaphilosophy
Volume51
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • art of living
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • John Cooper
  • philosophy as a way of life
  • Pierre Hadot

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