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2014

History of Philosophy

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The Value Of Public Philosophy To Philosophers, Massimo Pigliucci, Leonard Finkelman Jan 2014

The Value Of Public Philosophy To Philosophers, Massimo Pigliucci, Leonard Finkelman

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Philosophy has been a public endeavor since its origins in ancient Greece, India, and China. However, recent years have seen the development of a new type of public philosophy conducted by both academics and nonprofessionals. The new public philosophy manifests itself in a range of modalities, from the publication of magazines and books for the general public to a variety of initiatives that exploit the power and flexibility of social networks and new media. In this paper we examine the phenomenon of public philosophy in its several facets, and investigate whether and in what sense it is itself a mix …