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Living Philosophy: Remaining Awake and Moving Toward Maturity

Living Philosophy: Remaining Awake and Moving Toward Maturity
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Index , Notes , Bibliography
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Living Philosophy has real potential for turning philosophy back to the things that really matter.
—Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

What a joy this book is!
What a joy this book is! Here philosophy lives and breathes, sometimes playful, sometimes greatly sober, full of love and care for humanity and its frightened, yearning children. Here philosophy is no longer gray, but iridescent. May it find the place it deserves-both in our universities and in the quiet hours of any man or woman's own personal search for meaning.
—Jacob Needleman, Professor of Philosophy, author of The Heart of Philosophy, Time and the Soul

I love the framing, the approach, the openness…
I love the framing, the approach, the openness in many senses, and of course the deep invitation to thinking with.…It would be wonderful if people would join the work in the world this book invites us to as philosophers.
—Elizabeth Karmarck Minnich, Professor of Philosophy and of Women's Studies, Union Graduate School, author of Transforming Knowledge

Artfully blending his mastery of philosophical tradition…
Artfully blending his mastery of philosophical tradition—East and West—with insightful personal reflection, Stephen Rowe extends a warm invitation to think deeply about the human concerns that matter most.… As it creatively breaks conventional boundaries, Living Philosophy promotes a new birth of philosophical freedom that can do much to make human existence more thoughtful, caring, and humane as the 21st century gets under way.
—John K. Roth, professor Philosophy, author of Approaches to Auschwitz and other books, recipient of U.S. Carnegie Professor of the Year Award

Living Philosophy takes philosophical wisdom back to the world of real life
Philosophy is an age old discipline of inquiry. Maybe exactly because of the excessive burden of the wisdom of the past times, it lost its spirituality in the current world. It either indulges in the metaphysical speculations far detached from real life, or becomes disoriented in its pursuit in linguistic analysis. In the eyes of the public, it becomes the ugly.… Living Philosophy takes philosophical wisdom back to the world of real life through the reflection of Socratic philosophical practice. It shows us that as long as philosophy is able to respond to the challenges of the world of life, it will not lose its own vitality.
—Yu Wujin, Professor of Philosophy, Fudan University, and Consulting Expert of Shanghai Government, P.R.C.

Fresh, inviting, open, compelling
Living Philosophy is a radical book that returns us to the roots of philosophy—as the experience of wonder, immediacy and awakening. The Delphic Oracle counseled, "Know thyself"—and Dogen Zenji, the medieval Japanese Soto Zen master, declared that to study the self is to forget the self—and awakened to the world Rowe's book unites these traditions of West and East. It is fresh, inviting, open, compelling—and shows us that indeed, one can not only think philosophy, but live it.
—Steve Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

People today hunger for what is variously called self help, continuing education, lifespan development, spirituality-something fundamental that is missing in life today. This book is a fresh and highly practical presentation of a traditional Western resource to satisfy that need: Philosophy-as a relational practice through which we are able to live the good life, guided by the Socratic vision of human development and maturity. Out of encounter with the vitalities of Eastern culture, the feminist revolution, and the environmental movement, as well as movements toward "dialogue" in both philosophy and culture, the original Socratic practice of philosophy becomes available again.

Living Philosophy is personal and experiential. It arises out of dialogue with widely recognized philosophers of our era. It provides practical steps, methods, recommendations, and examples for living the good life. It is concrete and empirical, rich in variety and interest.

Living Philosophy is readily accessible to the general reader, whoever that person might be by other descriptions. It is non technical. More importantly, it is written specifically for the contemporary reader who is too busy, yet at the same time who honors reading as practice that can have profoundly positive results. There is a "workbook" character to this book, with such features as dialogue questions at the end of each chapter, a Core Bibliography, and specific suggestions about the keeping of a philosophical journal.