Part 1: The Love of Wisdom
The Joy of Philosophy is an exploration of the workings of philosophy. It encourages us all to regard philosophy in a different light, as a passion for knowledge and wisdom and not as some hedonistic tool of the egotist. He teaches us to see philosophy as we see life, full of passion and love, thick with a fullness of hope and vigor. This is a man who says life is rich, and he means it.
Solomon begins this book with a rant. “Philosophy is too often thin.” What he means by this is that philosophy, like life, should be rich and fulfilling. It should have substance, drive, and well… passion. He says, in a way, don’t think about where you’ve been or where you’re going, focus instead on where you are right now. Think how to make the best of the present, and do not worry about tomorrow. Make your life meaningful, full of the passion of living. Philosophy is a search for truth. People often push away what they don’t agree with, as in politics, religion, and even philosophy. But I think, and Solomon would agree, that human beings are defined buy our opposites. So in order for us to know what we believe we must also know what we don’t believe. In that sense philosophy is intrinsic to humanity. It won’t ever show us what we are, but it shows us what we aren’t. To know your friends you must also know your enemies.
Part 2: Passion, Virtue, and Guns
“It’s the question that drives us Neo”
How does one live a passionate life? To answer this question we must first define what is meant by A Passionate life. Certainly he does not mean passionate in a two-dollar whorehouse way, or even passion as a single emotion. He defines passions as virtuous emotions, those that contribute to a good person and a good life. To him the good life is not defined ...