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Philosophy Walk: “Three Lives”

October 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm MDT

Walk Details

Philosophical and spiritual texts from India, like the Bhagavad Gita, often present a choice — or even a conflict — between three lives, or three different ways that we humans might organize and structure our lives.  We see the life of action, focused on “getting stuff done,” particularly in the political, economic, or domestic realms.  We find the life of knowledge, centered on wisdom and understanding.  And we encounter the life of devotion, based in love.

While Indian traditions present the tension between these lives in a way that’s especially sharp, we can find a very similar story playing out in Greek and Roman philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Seneca.  And we can see these three lives in the choices made by our family members, friends, and our wider society… and maybe even ourselves.

Over the three stops of our walk, we’ll consider each of these three lives in their turn.  We’ll use a few short selections from important philosophical texts, East and West, as a springboard for understanding each life, both on its own terms, and in conflict or dialogue with the others.  And we’ll ask:

  • How is each life, at its best, something good, desirable, and choice-worthy How does each of them provide genuine guidance, purpose, and direction?
  • How does each life enrich the others, and provide something valuable, even necessary, to a healthy human community?
  • How might we make room for all of them, whether as stages an individual person might go through, or across the spectrum of different people in a community?

As usual for our philosophy walks, no special background or experience is required.  For those looking for more, the walk will set you up with background and context, that will help you approach some important philosophical texts on your own, over the weeks and months afterwards.

Three Lives

w/ Philosopher David Nowakowski

When & Where

This walk led by David Nowakowski will take place on Saturday, October 15th 2022. No prior background in philosophy is required.

Walk Details

Date: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 10am – 1pm MT
Meeting Spot: Trail TBD

Registration Info

RSVP: Coming Soon…
Cost: Free (Donations Welcome)
Other:  Bring comfortable walking shoes & water

Walk Guide

David Nowakowski is as a philosopher and educator in the Helena area whose professional work is dedicated to helping people of all ages and backgrounds access, understand, and apply the traditions of ancient philosophy to their own lives.  David began studying ancient philosophies and classical languages in 2001, and has continued ever since.  A scholar of the philosophical traditions of the ancient Mediterranean (Greece, Rome, and North Africa) and of the Indian subcontinent, reading Sanskrit, Latin, and classical Greek, he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 2014.  His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including Philosophy East & WestAsian Philosophy, and the Journal of Indian Philosophy, as well as in presentations to academic audiences at Harvard, Columbia University, the University of Toronto, Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and elsewhere. 

After half a decade teaching at liberal arts colleges in the northeast, David chose to leave the academy in order to focus his energies on the transformative value of these ancient philosophical and spiritual traditions in his own life and practice, and on building new systems of education and community learning that will make this rich heritage alive and available to others.


You will receive a confirmation of your RSVP shortly after you register via e-mail.  As the walk date approaches, we will contact you with any additional relevant information.  If you do NOT receive an e-mail shortly after registering, please contact [email protected].

For those who have not been on our walks before, you can get a feel for our walks and what they’re all about by visiting our walk archive page.  In the meantime, here is a logistical snapshot.

Here is  a general overview of what you can expect on our Philosophy Walks:

  • Free to the Public (donations welcome/appreciated)
  • 3 hour walks (opportunities for rest along the way)
  • Casual, positive & supportive experience
  • 1-2 philosophy guides
  • Small group sizes (generally 7-15 people; may be larger for special occasion walks)
  • Ample opportunity to enjoy nature

To get the most out of your experience with us and enjoy a healthy & safe walk, please bring with you on the day of the walk/hike:

  • Water & Snack
  • Weather appropriate attire & sun protection
  • A walking stick/Trekking poles
  • Comfortable Shoes/Hiking Boots

Make a Donation Here

Our philosophy walks and other activities are FREE to the community.  While donations are never expected, they are always appreciated and help to keep programs like these going. Donations help to cover walk leader honorariums, implementation, resource archiving, and more!   If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution you can do so by clicking here or on the button above.  For those facing more challenging financial circumstances, we ask that you please try to “pay it forward” with acts of kindness for your neighbors and community. 


October 15
10:00 am - 1:00 pm MDT
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