Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Dr. Timothy Schoettle


e might sense that some philosophers are not giving us a philosophy that can be lived in. We see this type of philosopher as acting in the role of a mechanic, constructing abstract artifacts. Calling a philosopher a mechanic is in some sense pejorative; we think that the philosopher must be more than a mechanic, since what he describes has more import than mere utility. This paper is intended to describe how the individual can decide whether a philosophy is more than an abstract artifact. In this paper, I will emphasize the importance of approaching philosophy not just as thinkers but as perceivers, subjects that experience the world. In order to do this, we will look at why philosophy must move from the philosophical workshop to lived experience.