I’m always inspired by Keith Wayne Brown, a friend, teacher, and philosopher. He follows the philosophy of Karl Jaspers, and like Jaspers, he reminds me of what is best in philosophy. He reminds me of what it means to philosophize as a way of life. Keith has a wonderful blog, Reason and Existenz, and he recently began posting a vlog series, “Whatever, Etc.” He just posted episode 3 (on youtube here). His thinking resonates with existential phenomenology and what he calls anarchocynicism (which I fully support).
Philosophy as a way of life…. It reminds me of something I heard from another companion along the philosophical way, Steven Goodman, for whom philosophizing is a vital and most excellent practice: philosophy as if life depended on it. I don’t know if Steven says that in print anywhere.
Philosophizing for life, Goodman and Brown have a common colleague in Pierre Hadot. I don’t know much about Hadot, but I know enough to recommend Hadot’s Philosophy as a Way of Life and, on the topic of the philosophy of nature, The Veil of Isis.
On the way to loving wisdom, philosophize as a way of life, as if life depended on it.