My aim with ecophilia as a philosophy to live by diverts from what is commonly understood as philosophy today. Whereas ancient philosophical discourse aimed at forming rather than informing students, today’s philosophical discourse is often directed at abstract analysis. Whereas ancient philosophical discourse asked how to live life better, today’s discourses revolve around understanding life better.
As Pierre Hadot notes “In the ancient world, the philosopher is considered a philosopher not because he develops a philosophical discourse, but because he lives philosophically. Philosophy is, above all, a mode of life, which includes a certain mode of discourse as one of its integral parts, without being reduced to it”.
Ecophilia then is about engaging in a certain mode of discourses, as well as a way of life which engages the whole of one’s existence.