The Social Relevance of Philosophy
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The Social Relevance of Philosophy : The Debate Over the Applicability of Philosophy to Citizenship

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Can philosophy be socially relevant? Dating back to Socrates' Apology, and beyond Marx's argument that pure philosophical theory without practical application was unattainable, philosophers have had many diverse views about their work, including that it is indispensable, that it is socially irrelevant, and even that it is harmful. Tracing the controversy through history, this book examines eleven philosophers' arguments concerning the question of the social relevance of philosophy, placing each thinker in the appropriate cultural and historical context.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 136 pages
  • 173 x 234 x 16mm | 340g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073910974X
  • 9780739109748

About Colleen K. Flewelling

Colleen K. Flewelling is Lecturer in Philosophy at Saint Vincent College.show more

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In Western countries today, philosophy has almost entirely withdrawn into the ivory tower, abandoning society to media manipulation. This timely book raises again the question of philosophy's "social relevance", surveying the answers provided to this question by leading thinkers from Plato and Aristotle to Descartes, Kant, Marx, and Critical Theory. An informative, crisply written text on a pressing issue. -- Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dameshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Plato and Aristotle Discuss the Social Relevance of Philosophy Chapter 3 Descartes, Kant, and Husserl: Modern Philosophy Confronts a Growing Disbeleif in the Social Relevance of Philosophy Chapter 4 Marx and Marxism: Theory and Practice as Perfect Partners in Society Chapter 5 Critical Theory: Horkheimer's Plan for a Socially Relevant Theory Chapter 6 Marcuse and Critical Theory Chapter 7 Habermas: Revealing the Illusion of Objectivity in Theory Chapter 8 Conclusionshow more

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