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Everyone – including you – has a philosophy of life, which helps you to make sense of your experiences, define your identity, establish your purposes, guide your actions and emotions, build your relationships, and shape your future.

Yet it’s unlikely that you’ve been fortunate enough to learn the tools and practices of philosophical reflection, which would enable you to formulate a personally meaningful philosophy of your own, thus breaking free from unthinking adherence to ideologies or gurus (including your coach!).

To be your own philosopher is to be, at the highest level, your own person.

In coaching you to be your own philosopher, I rely heavily on reflective techniques pioneered by the ancient Greeks, expose you to insights from a diverse array of wisdom thinkers and traditions, and help you to integrate the results of recent scientific research.

We do this work not for the sake of idle speculation, but in pursuit of active wisdom and practical truth so that you can make better decisions, become more successful as a human being, and live a life of deeper meaning, coherence, and fulfillment. The Greeks called this eudaimonia or complete happiness, and it is the ultimate goal of philosophical coaching.

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Aristotle on Ways of Life

While I’m reflecting on philosophies and ways of life, I thought it would be interesting to look at what Aristotle says about ways of life in his writings on ethics. First, he states that there is a fundamentally human way of life or bios (it always helps to remember that Aristotle founded the science ofContinue reading “Aristotle on Ways of Life”

Philosophies and Ways of Life

In his book What Is Ancient Philosophy?, Pierre Hadot almost singlehandedly resurrected the ancient conception of philosophy as a way of life. Consider this observation about the philosophical schools of Greece and Rome: “For us moderns, the notion of a philosophical school evokes only the idea of a doctrinal tendency or theoretical position. Things were veryContinue reading “Philosophies and Ways of Life”

MLK and Personalism

In my recent post on idealism and identity, I mentioned my attraction to the philosophy of personalism, with its emphasis on human dignity. It is perhaps a little-known fact that Martin Luther King, Jr., was greatly influenced by that very philosophy. Early in life he ventured north to study at Boston University, then the centerContinue reading “MLK and Personalism”

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