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P. F. Strawson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587292.001.0001

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Why Philosophy?

Why Philosophy?

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(p.222) 20 Why Philosophy?
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Philosophical Writings
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P. F. Strawson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587292.003.0020

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

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