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What’s in it for whom?locked

  • Edward Craig

Abstract

Thinking about philosophy is hard. Writing about it is even harder. Why do people bother? Perhaps often just out of curiosity. ‘What's in it for whom?’ asks: why does philosophy exist and what is the point of it? Philosophy asks what we should do, what is there, and how we know it is there. Most philosophy attempts to do something for somebody. If it is to endure, a philosophy needs a constituency, and its chance of survival is best if that constituency is large. A philosophy devoted to the individual has a large constituency. How about other constituencies such as the state, women, the working class, or animals? Philosophy is as wide as life itself.

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