Journal of Philosophy of Life

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Living Well, Living, and Being

Kyle Takaki

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.6, No.3 (October 2016):59-73



Philosophy of Life contains at least three major approaches to living: philosophies of living well, philosophies of living, and philosophies of being. Western academic philosophy tends to focus on the first two approaches to the relative neglect of the third, in part due to a more theoretical and abstract interest in the issues these philosophies raise. The problem is that arguably the most important feature of all three philosophies concerns how one ought to live, in the face of the myriad problems life presents. It is from this perspective that neglected philosophies of being have their greatest import, as the essay strives to disclose.

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