2018-03Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
Philosophy as Culture: Getting Rid of the Professional “of” in Philosophy as a Way of Life


/Douglas Anderson interviewed by Eli Kramer/

As history tells us, Greek philosophy was not a profession but a feature of living – an active search for a good life. It was not driven by final answers but, if Plato is to be believed, by an ongoing eros for beauty and goodness. The phrase “philosophy of culture” reminds me of what the profession calls an area of specialization or competence. For me, it is better to think of philosophy – a love of wisdom – as one aspect of cultural life. In this way, I see every culture as being philosophical. Oddly, our profession often denies the term “philosophy” to Asian thought, to American Indian thought, and so forth. Again, as I view things, this is not only a colossal and misplaced arrogance but a thorough misunderstanding of the life of philosophy.

How to cite:

Anderson, Douglas. “Philosophy as Culture: Getting Rid of the Professional “of” in Philosophy as a Way of Life.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 2, no. 3(5) (2018): 143-147. https://doi.org/10.26319/5821.


Douglas Anderson
Department of Philosophy, University of North Texas
1704 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX 76201, USA

Eli Kramer (Interviewer)
Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw

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