Ancient philosophy meets Darwin: Can science offer a way of life?

Naturalistic Paganism

Ancient philosophers differed from those today in one crucial way:

For them, philosophy was a way of life.

Can science, too, be a way of life?

Philosophy as a way of life

All the ancient philosophers, from Socrates to the Buddha, investigated their world not just for the sake of learning, but in order to discover how to live a flourishing life.

For example, when Socrates asked his fellow Athenians about piety or virtue, it wasn’t just for love of conversation – he wanted to expose the confusion fouling up the unexamined life.  When Hypatia of Alexandria explored mathematics and astronomy, it wasn’t just for the sake of learning – she wanted to know how she fit into the cosmos.  And when Siddartha Gautama investigated the nature of desire and aversion, it was not out of pure interest in psychology – he wanted to know how to eradicate suffering.  All…

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  1. Bill Sweet says:

    Perhaps if science can fathom Quality as it does Quantity, science can guide human beings toward a flourishing life. Religion, art, and philosophy have been the repositories of Quality. It is the hope of fringe scientists such as the Spindrift Group that science discovers a way to include Quality in some of its equations.

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