To Be a Philosopher

In the first chapter ("Economy") of Walden Henry David Thoreau comments on the difference between philosophizing and actually living philosophically:

... There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers. Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to live. To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically. ...

(cf. LivingPhilosophy (1999-06-12), FlagranteDelictoPhilosopher (2003-09-19), No Dogs or Philosophers Allowed (2003-10-13), ...) - ^z - 2009-09-14