A Cultural Introduction to Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy 19 (1):65-81 (1996)

Charles Verharen
Howard University
This paper explores the potential pedagogical benefits of philosophy for resolving conflicts in academia and for introducing students to other disciplines. Following C.P Snow's definition of academic disciplines as representing a culture, the author argues that philosophical study can provide a means to reduce strife between science and the humanities. Defining philosophy as self-reflection and prescribing pedagogical methods which open philosophical study onto cultural studies, the author offers the notion of philosophy as an introduction to a liberal arts education. Such an approach to philosophy seeks to demonstrate the interdependence between philosophy and other disciplines and bears the additional benefit of emphasizing the application of philosophy to students’ lives
Keywords Teaching Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 0145-5788
DOI 10.5840/teachphil19961917
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