Philosophy and self-transformation
Throughout history, many important Western philosophers discussed how philosophy can help transform our lives. Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Spinoza, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Bergson, and many many others – they all believed that philosophy is not just for intellectual interest. They believed that philosophy can help to change us – to make our life fuller, wiser, deeper, more meaningful.
I wrote about it in detail in my book "Stepping out of Plato's Cave," so I will not repeat it here.
But how come my philosophy teachers never told me about it? How come my professors at university taught me about abstract theories, but not about visions of transformation
It took me many years to discover by myself that so many historical philosophers had a huge interest in self-change. Was it a conspiracy?