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Does Philosophy Matter?

I’m giving a talk this Wednesday at 18.00 in the Ashmolean Museum Education Centre, Oxford, for Oxford Brookes University  and Bloomsbury Publishing.  It’s about Why Philosophy Matters.

Philosophy has had a hard time in the press lately.  It’s said that philosophy is dead, that is is without content, that it has made no progress in nearly two and a half thousand years.  Philosophy departments have been closed by those who say it’s an unjustifiable expense.  Philosophers, memorably, have been called the gym teachers of academia.  Philosophical chestnuts like the problem of free will are said to have scientific solutions, not philosophical ones.  Is this criticism justified? Does philosophy still matter?

I’ll put it up here when I’ve tweaked it a bit.


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