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Philosophy and Everyday Life

Is Philosophy Relevant to Everyday Life?

That such a question needs to be asked in the first place indicates a total lack of understanding with respect to what philosophy means and what it does. It seems that too many have become so involved in the picayune details of esoteric discussions that they have forgotten about the larger picture when it comes to philosophy. Some would argue that philosophy itself has vacated its place as an essential part of life for the sake of a much more restricted idea of communication. In other words, philosophy has retreated from the street into the walls of academia. But that does not mean that philosophy is not valuable in terms of everyday life. According to Malcolm (1984), in a letter sent to him by Wittgenstein, the philosopher (considered one of the most difficult to understand of the 20th century thinkers) said:

What is the use of studying philosophy if all that it does for you is to enable you to talk with some plausibility about some abstruse questions of logic, etc., & if it does not improve your thinking


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