Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):33-57 (2014)

Authors
Jack Weinstein
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
Abstract
In this article, I examine the purpose of public philosophy, challenging the claim that its goal is to create better citizens. I define public philosophy narrowly as the act of professional philosophers engaging with non-professionals, in a non-academic setting, with the specific aim of exploring issues philosophically. The paper is divided into three sections. The first contrasts professional and public philosophy with special attention to the assessment mechanism in each. The second examines the relationship between public philosophy and citizenship, calling into question the effect public philosophy has on political reasoning. The third focuses on the practice of public philosophy, describing actual events to investigate the nature and limits of their outcomes. I conclude that public philosophy aims at future philosophical inquiry but is best considered a form of entertainment
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.7710/1526-0569.1488
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 68,944
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Philosophy Bakes No Bread.Babette Babich - 2018 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 48 (1):47-55.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Sincerity and Reconciliation in Public Reason.Richard M. Buck - 2001 - Social Philosophy Today 17:21-35.
Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote.Jason Brennan - 2009 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (4):535-549.
Rawls and Habermas on Religion in the Public Sphere.Melissa Yates - 2007 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (7):880-891.
Coercion and Public Justification.Colin Bird - 2013 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics (3):1470594-13496073.
The Completeness of Public Reason.Micah Schwartzman - 2004 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (2):191-220.
Knowledge About Ignorance: New Directions in the Study of Political Information.Ilya Somin - 2006 - Critical Review: A Journal of Politics and Society 18 (1-3):255-278.
Freedom of Religion, Democracy and the Fact of Pluralism.Omid Payrow Shabani - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 50:729-747.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-02-01

Total views
35 ( #322,685 of 2,498,157 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
7 ( #102,431 of 2,498,157 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes