Volume 7, 2018
Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life in Justin Martyr
In the autobiographical story that Justin writes in the prologue of his Dialogue with Trypho, he introduces a paradigmatic identification of philosophy with a way of life. His philosophical search is existential, the questions he asks the teachers of the various schools of thought concern the axes of life: God, happiness and how to achieve them. These claims, although permanent in the history of philosophy, point out the peculiar concern of his days, to which Justin echoes and responds in a new way, integrating the proposals of some schools, especially with what is called Middle Platonism, with the Christian message. This paper attempts to highlight the distinctive features of the response Justin develops within his epochal context.