What is philosophy for?

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“From a distance, philosophy seems weird, irrelevant, boring — and yet, also, a just a little intriguing. But what are philosophers really for?

The answer is, handily, already contained in the wordphilosophy itself.

In Ancient Greek, philo means “love” and sophia means “wisdom” — philosophers are people devoted to wisdom. Being wise means attempting to live and die well.

In their pursuit of wisdom, philosophers have developed a very specific skill set — they have, over the centuries, become experts at many of the things that made people not very wise.”

Beautifully animated this video from Alain de Botton of The School of Life  cleverly explains why philosophy is a “powerful and necessary tool of government, leadership, and personal growth in everyday life”.

Follow philosopher and writer Alain de Botton on Twitter.

Find The School of Life online.

I saw first saw “What Is Philosophy For?” at Brain Pickings – Maria Popova‘s personal [digital] inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.

3 thoughts on “What is philosophy for?

    MomentumMikey said:
    October 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Loved to learn more… like this video- Thanks. who could even knock the IMPORTANCE of knowing yourself! thanks for a great reminder today. 🙂 mikey

    Mandy de Waal responded:
    October 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for stopping by.

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