The Cultural Immortality of Philosophy as Human Drama

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

The Cultural               Immortality of Philosophy as Human Drama

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This chapter presents an essay on the cultural immortality of philosophy in human affairs. The history of philosophy in Western civilization is a vast intellectual map characterized by periods of speculative explosions followed by longer periods of absorption and redress. The influence of philosophers throughout the centuries is dazzling and way out of proportion to the number of philosophers recognized in the canon of important thinkers. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, philosophy has been instrumental in shaping people's views and beliefs about cultural and other issues.

Keywords: philosophy; cultural immortality; Western civilization; philosophers; essay

Chapter.  11005 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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