Philosophy is all about figuring out what it means to live a good life. So, if you’re someone who’s always wondered if they’re making the right choices in life, or if you’re unhappy with how things are going at work, school, or home–philosophy can help!
In this blog post I’ll give you everything you need to know about how philosophy can guide your life and make for a more satisfying existence. Dissettle has some more information on why philosophy is a great way to live your life.
I’ll also share some of my own personal philosophy on living well which has helped me tremendously in my day-to-day experiences over the past 10 years.
Who Am I?
Hi, I’m Elliot Kay. I consider myself both a student and the founder of Kizomba Central. When I’m not busy being an educator at the University of Washington Bothell, you can find me entertaining with my Belly Dancing Academy in Seattle, WA. Or find me traveling with my wife Diana and our daughter Sara. I love teaching and have a passion for sharing knowledge about dance- whether it’s through dance education or dance performance (whether we’re performing together or not).
So why philosophy?
I came to philosophy because I wanted to figure out what it means to be a person. In order to do that, you have to know what it means to live a good life. And that is what philosophy focuses on.
Who Can Benefit from Learning about Philosophy? Any Needed!
Philosophy can be helpful to people in all walks of life. Whether your family is falling apart, you’re having a bad day, or if you’re experiencing a spiritual crisis–philosophy can help! It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a lot of free time on your hands or not. You don’t need fancy equipment, nor do you need to commit to years and years of study and homework. Philosophy can help you make difficult decisions in life, which is why it’s useful for anyone.
What Does It Mean to “Philosophize”?
The word “philosophize” means to think about the meaning of life. It means to ask yourself what it means to live a good life. And that is what philosophy focuses on: figuring out the meaning of life.
How Do I Get Started on Philosophy?
There are two main philosophy resources that I currently recommend: “A Guide to Living a Good Life” by Greg Epstein, and “The Philosophy Of Happiness” by Charles Hartshorne. Both of these resources are used in my Kizomba Central philosophy course, which is a free online resource. There’s also an online course by Greg Epstein here , which you can take for free on the internet.
I also recommend that you start by reading a philosophy book that focuses specifically on living well- whether it’s “A Guide to Living a Good Life” by Greg Epstein or “The Philosophy of Happiness” by Charles Hartshorne.
How Do I Know If I’m Doing Philosophy Correctly?
You might think that the most important part of philosophy is understanding the different arguments philosophers have made. But there are much simpler ways of understanding it, which is why I encourage people to read fiction–especially philosophical novels! That way you can get some ideas for how life can be, without having to take all of the hard work and philosophical jargon in a book.
I’ve read a lot of philosophy and I know the main categories of arguments and how to evaluate them. But sometimes it’s helpful to get away from the specific details, and instead explore themes in fiction regarding what philosophers have said. This is when you can start to have an opinion on philosophy for yourself–something I strongly encourage people to do.
What Do I Need to Get Started?
You’ll need several things before getting started on philosophy:
1) a high school level understanding of logic
2) your curiosity level
3) a desire to figure out what life means
If you’re taking Philosophy 101 at university then you’re probably already familiar with logic. If you’re taking it at a high school level, then you should take a logic course before moving onto philosophy. You don’t need to be an expert in logic to be successful in learning about philosophy, but having a minor understanding of logic is recommended. Curiosity Level
If you’re going to learn about philosophy, then you have to actually want to learn about it! It’s impossible to talk about if you’re not curious enough about the topic. You’ll need tons of patience and persistence as well. Those are the main requirements for getting started on any philosophical topic- no matter how big or small. I’ll explain more about these reasons below.
What are the Most Common Ways to Explore Philosophy?
There are three main categories of philosophy: ethics, logic, and metaphysics. I think that exploring these three categories is a great way to learn about philosophy. Let’s talk about each one individually below.
Ethics (How Should You Act?)
Here is where you figure out what makes for a good person and a good life. You ask yourself what kind of person you should be, and what kind of life you should live in order to have the best possible outcome for yourself and for those around you.
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