In the ancient world there was a lively competition between philosophies of living. We see this especially in Greece, China, and India. In the West beginning with the Middle Ages, philosophy became more theoretical and specialized. Today no one field of philosophy that covers the broad territory required in a philosophy of living, though ethics is the field that comes closest, and existentialism is an approach to philosophy that has generated philosophies of living. Today there is a running conversation among philosophers about the meaning of life; and some philosophers write about the art of living. Philosophy needs to recognize a new field: the philosophy of living.
The new philosophy of living presented here is centered on concepts of truth, beauty, and goodness. These values are first and foremost spiritual, and they reach out into material and intellectual domains. This philosophy integrates insights from philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and ethics. This new philosophy is is a religious philosophy in the sense that it recognizes truth, beauty and goodness as qualities of God; by living these values, we live the divine life in the way that is possible for human beings. But this philosophy is not bound to any one religion. The scope of this philosophy is so broad that no one person can construct it. And this philosophy is not designed to be understandable only by professional thinkers; rather, it reaches out to persons who may have little or no background in philosophy or religion.
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