Metaphilosophy 51 (2-3):391-410 (2020)

Stephen Grimm
Fordham University
Caleb Cohoe
Metropolitan State University of Denver
This essay presents an account of what it takes to live a philosophical way of life: practitioners must be committed to a worldview, structure their lives around it, and engage in truth‐directed practices. Contra John Cooper, it does not require that one’s life be solely guided by reason. Religious or tradition‐based ways of life count as truth directed as long as their practices are reasons responsive and would be truth directed if the claims made by their way of life are correct. The essay argues that these three conditions can be met by progressors as well as sages. Making progress in how one acts in the world, and improving one’s understanding and direction through being part of a community is living a philosophical way of life. The offered view acknowledges more ways to develop the art of living and enables a broader range of people to count as living philosophically.
Keywords art of living  progress  reason  reasons  religion  sagehood  spiritual exercises  tradition  truth  way of life  wisdom
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DOI 10.1111/meta.12420
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