- Title Pages
- 1 Ethical Intuitionism
- 2 In Defence of a Dogma
- 3 Construction and Analysis
- 4 Proper Names
- 5 ‘The Post-Linguistic Thaw’<sup>1</sup>
- 6 Analysis, Science, and Metaphysics
- 7 Bennett on Kant's Analytic
- 8 Does Knowledge Have Foundations?
- 9 Knowledge and Truth
- 10 Scruton and Wright on Anti-Realism
- 11 Perception and its Objects
- 12 Liberty and Necessity
- 13 Sensibility, Understanding, and the Doctrine of Synthesis
- 14 Two Conceptions of Philosophy
- 15 Review of Paul Grice, <i>Studies in the Way of Words</i>
- 16 Knowing From Words
- 17 What Have We Learned from Philosophy in the Twentieth Century?
- 18 A Category of Particulars
- 19 Paul Grice
- 20 Why Philosophy?
- 21 Intellectual Autobiography
- 22 A Bit of Intellectual Autobiography
- Index of Names
- (p.222) 20 Why Philosophy?
- Philosophical Writings
P. F. Strawson
- Oxford University Press
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.
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