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Philosophy

Roger Teichmann

in Nature, Reason, and the Good Life

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606177
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606177.003.0005
Philosophy

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What has philosophy got to do with life? Some of the virtues of thought required for thinking about life are substantially the same as ones required for thinking philosophically. ‘Look to the bigger picture’ is an important principle in both cases. Frege's Context Principle supplies an instance in philosophy; it also supplies a springboard for an investigation of how philosophizing should lead us to consider language use. A synopsis of the arguments of the previous chapters confirms this. Resistance to ‘linguistic philosophy’ is misguided, and is often connected with scientism. A crucial difference between philosophy and natural science is that philosophy aims at individual understanding, so that there is no such thing as a pool of philosophical results. Here is another way in which thinking about life and thinking philosophically are analogous. Aristotle and Wittgenstein are called as witnesses, and their philosophies are compared.

Keywords: philosophy; life; language; science; Aristotle; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  8160 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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