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Nussbaum’s View Of Philosophy Essay

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Nussbaum’s main point is that philosophy should not only be used by elite philosophers, but should be made available to the general public. Philosophy has many more uses than just “intellectual/academic exercise” (Soccio). Philosophy is not just exercise, but a way of life where you can incorporate both reason and emotion. Nussbaum alludes to the fact that philosophy’s unique skills are meant to help us express our experiences, situations, or emotions in a way that releases some of the unhappiness we obtain from them thereby guiding us towards better lives (Soccio). Along with it being used to guide one to a better life, it can also be used to provide a way to free one’s mind or emotions, ...view middle of the document...

This will cause one to question one’s value of personal existence and personal philosophies as well as to our relations with others. We began to focus not just on life itself, but how we react to the situations we become a part of or involved in; leading to the reflection of both self and ethical issues. Due to philosophy education, it trains people to think more clearly, deeply, and rationally, we are able to create better beliefs. One could believe that a great example of how this comes into play is one’s own personal philosophy of life. This reminds me of my mother’s own personal philosophy of life she always says which is, “If you do not stand for something you will fall for anything.” What this basically means is that without standards people will walk all over you. I believe that this rational kind of thinking is important. For personal philosophies of life, you have a mixture of thought, emotions, and actions; it incorporates your beliefs. According to Socrates, "The unexamined life is not worth living for a human." All people examine their lives to some extent, and in order to live in a society, to grow, and to succeed people need to think through what they believe (their beliefs), feel (their emotions), and the reasons they act. Everyone's philosophy of life has been believed in by someone else, somewhere, at some time. And most philosophies of life have been examined in some way, at some time in history, by philosophers. Each person's own personal philosophy of life is important in every way. By looking at other people's personal philosophies of life, others in society can also learn to better their own personal philosophies, which will in turn enhance their beliefs and interpersonal relationships with their perspective communities.
Not only can Nussbaum’s view of philosophy help me to better my beliefs, but it can also help me to improve my way of thinking. I am a critical thinker by nature, not in the sense of an academic standpoint, but more-so in a moral ethical stance. When, for example, I feel that a moral wrong has been committed against me or someone I care deeply for I react upon it instead of thinking about my action first. Philosophy on its own causes you to become critical, to question things, situations, and beliefs, using reason. Nonetheless, if you add the factor of emotion with reason, not only are you able assess things, situations, and beliefs reasonably enhancing your understanding of them, but you are also able to give a sense of humanity to the assessments you are making. Everything that is reasonable is not always humanly or morally correct. Philosophy is supposed to dissipate ignorance, deepen...

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