The ancient Greek philosophers had a practical aim – peace of mind.
As it was practised by Socrates, ‘philosophy’ was not the mere pursuit of knowledge.
It was a way of life, a culture of dialectical debate and an armory of spiritual exercises, whose goal was not truth but tranquillity
The goal of philosophy was the serenity that comes with freedom from the world.
Straw Dogs, John Grey, 2004.