The Philosopher's Way: Thinking Critically About Profound by John Chaffee

By John Chaffee

The Philosopher's Way:Thinking seriously approximately Profound principles, 3/e,  inspires scholars to think like a philosopher. Integrated readings, interspersed with remark, consultant scholars of their knowing of the subjects, whereas serious considering actions problem scholars to head past their reading and discover the connections philosophy has on their daily lives. Full-color visuals carry issues to lifestyles, and writing examples supply scholars a starting place for his or her personal philosophical exploration.

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Who are your intellectual heroes? 7 The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. SOLOMON IBN GABIROL He who knows he is a fool is not a great fool. CONFUCIUS Philosophy means the complete liberty of the mind, and therefore independence of all social, political, or religious prejudice. HENRI FREDERIC AMIEL Philosophy means liberation from the two dimensions of routine, soaring above the well known, seeing it in new perspectives, arousing wonder and the wish to fly. WALTER KAUFMANN 8 CHAPTER 1 What Is Philosophy?

One student explains: In general, we as people don t usually think critically about the important areas of life, but it s these areas that help us to create a meaningful life. As an individual I was also one of those who didn t take the time to examine, ask questions, and think deeply about different perspectives on serious issues. As a result, studying Philosophy has helped me to become more open-minded and reflective about everything in my life. Tanya Louis As Tanya notes, many of us get so caught up in the details and demands of life deadlines, responsibilities, all the little tasks of living that we don t make the time to step back and look at the whole picture.

To use a metaphor, you are an artist, creating your life portrait, and your paints and brushstrokes are the choices you make each day. How do you feel about the portrait you have created so far? Have you defined yourself as the person you always wanted to be, or are you a work in progress ? Are you achieving your full potential as a human being, actively exercising your soul s powers the ancient Greek definition of happiness (eudaemonia)? Do you possess a clear philosophy of life that acts as a guiding beacon, illuminating the whole of your life and showing you the path to wisdom and personal fulfillment?

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