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Philosophy often seems esoteric, complex, and irrelevant to daily life. As a young adult, reading and thinking about the fundamental questions of life was important as I tried to figure out my place in the world and meaning for my life. My interest waned as the demands of work and family dominated my time. Philosophy also seemed less relevant. I concluded there was no answer to my big questions and thinking about it was simply a waste of time and self indulgent.
I renewed my interest in later life. I found, unexpectedly, that studying philosophy was far from a waste of time. It has provided direction and peace. I wish I had not abandoned it years ago.
We live with a framework about how the world works, our purpose and place, and what is right and wrong. We may not be conscious of that framework, or our philosophy of life, but it guides our actions all the same. We benefit as individuals and as a society from a examining the principles guiding our thoughts and actions. More importantly is gaining the wisdom and experience necessary to act in accordance with our principle.
This part of my website contains my thoughts on this important topic. It focuses broadly on the topic of how to live with an emphasis on ethics and moral philosophy. Perhaps my efforts to refine my principles for living and to act accordingly will interest or help others.
Here are links to my essays on philosophy topics:
- Essays on How to Live and Thrive
- Introduction to Essays
- Purpose in Life
- What does it mean to thrive?
- Human Nature
- On Status
- Reconciling Secular and Religious Perspectives on Moral Codes
- Is controlling desires a key to happiness?
- How to be good
- Virtue and Character
- Basic ideas of Emanuel Kant
- What I learned from Aristotle
- Lessons from the Stoics
- Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, and Moral Law
- The Times They are A-changin’
- Greek Philosophy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- The Moral Animal – A Brief Review
Here are my philosophy related posts:
- Political decay — Insights from Francis Fukuyama
- Character should matter in elections
- Fearless sifting and winnowing
- So much we don’t understand — spooky action at a distance
- Mowing the lawn, duty, living your dream, and happiness
- Philosophy, Politics, & Democracy — Teaching Plato in Palestine
- FX’s “The Americans” and moral conflict
- The value of a traditional liberal arts education
- Should we trust our feelings in making moral judgments?