The unlived philosophy is not worth having

Created 27 May 2015 • Last modified 8 Dec 2015

Doing good philosophy isn't just be a matter of saying the right things on paper or in a classroom. It's a matter of fulfilling your philosophy in your thoughts and actions.

They say that the unexamined life is not worth living. I say that, conversely, one's philosophy should be lived.

Too often, philosophers see their job as descriptive, as justifying and rationalizing what people already think or do. In my eyes, the proper goal of philosophy is normative, to decide what to think or do to begin with. If

then the exercise is meaningless—you've changed your philosophical opinions only nominally. Doing good philosophy isn't just be a matter of saying the right things on paper or in a classroom. It's a matter of executing your philosophy in your thoughts and actions.