The Relevance of Relevant Thinking: Remarks on Carlin Romano's America the Philosophical

Esa Saarinen*

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Abstract

This paper elaborates on Romano's landmark book as a paradigm extension from philosophy as a doctrine to philosophy as a personal disposition to think reflectively. Romano's pragmatism highlights philosophy as a reflective tendency in the service of the relevant and for the benefit of a better life as it is actually lived. Rather than staying within its own territory, the point is to enter what might seem like non-philosophical realms of action with the idea of cultivating them. Breaking away from the overtly academic boundaries of philosophy, Romano's book paves the way for a positive philosophy movement and for philosophy that contributes to people's actual conduct of their lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-352
Number of pages15
JournalTRANSACTIONS OF THE CHARLES S PEIRCE SOCIETY
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Carlin Romano
  • Life philosophical reflection
  • Philosophy as a practice
  • Positive philosophy
  • POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

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