The Moral Value of Philosophy

Journal of Moral Education 9 (2):122-129 (1980)


Abstract Students arrive at their Introduction to Philosophy classes unsure of the nature of Philosophy and sceptical of its value. They usually assume that philosophy is some abstract thing which, whatever it is, is irrelevant to everyday life. This essay explores the ways in which the figures, philosophies and lives of Socrates and Bertrand Russell serve as models of the philosophic perspective. It develops the thesis that we can, by appealing to Socrates and Russell as role models, counter the assumption that Philosophy is an ivory tower enterprise and show students that an intimate and essential relationship exists between the process of rational reflection and the living of a moral life

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