Why Philosophy?

P. F. Strawson

in Philosophical Writings

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728747 | DOI:
Why Philosophy?

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This chapter explores possible responses to the question ‘Why Philosophy?’ The query is worth considering because of two other questions which are sometimes posed. The first is blunt enough: ‘What's the use of it?’ The second is, or seems, a bit more sophisticated: viz. ‘Why is it that, unlike the natural sciences, there seems to be no development, no progress in philosophy?’ It argues philosophy should aim at general human conceptual self-understanding.

Keywords: philosophical study; philosophy; human conceptual self-understanding; progress

Chapter.  2287 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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