What is your philosophy of life

Philosophy of life, the


With his decision to declare life itself to be the primal principle of reality, Schopenhauer inspired two later philosophical schools: vitalism and the so-called philosophy of life: [...] this direction was most influential in Germany. One of its main features is that it plays off the flow of life against the delicacy of thought, irrationalism against reason, intoxication against sobriety and the stomach against the head. [Schwanitz, Dietrich: Bildung. Frankfurt a. M .: Eichborn 1999, p. 343]

Philosophy of life is a movement of philosophy that emerged in the 19th century and was developed in France by Henri Bergson and in Germany by Wilhelm Dilthey as an alternative to positivism and neo-Kantianism, which according to the philosophy of life is becoming with a one-sided emphasis on rationality in the style of natural sciences of life [...] would only inadequately grasp and describe. An encompassing life also included non-rational, creative and dynamic elements. The starting point of the philosophy of life is the concrete experience of the human being, which in addition to reason also includes intuition, instinct, drives and will and which is shaped by its historical conditions. [Philosophy of Life, 01/14/2019, accessed on 01/25/2019]

While Nietzsche and the philosophy of life at the turn of the century came under suspicion of being the forerunners of National Socialism, Kant's philosophy appeared like the mythical age which had been followed by the fall of irrationalism and which now had to be regained. [Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 12/30/2000]

Because no one could cherish the illusion that they were leading their "own" life in this state, innumerable people had to feel the impulse to restore their individuality in state-free areas - in the form of philosophies of life and new religions. This explains the tremendous success of the philosophical sects […]. [Sloterdijk, Peter: Critique of Cynical Reason. Vol. 1. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp 1983, p. 321]

The [...] most controversial of the older Polish Marxists seems to be Stanislaw Brzozowski ("Marxism as historical subjectivism"). […] Brzozowski achieved a kind of synthesis of Nietzschean philosophy of life and early Marxian philosophy of practice, although without being able to know the early writings of Marx at that time […]. [Die Zeit, March 16, 1979]