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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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The Personal Value and Social Usefulness of Philosophy

The Personal Value and Social Usefulness of Philosophy

(p.17) Prologue The Personal Value and Social Usefulness of Philosophy
Freedom and Limits

Patrick Shade

John Lachs

Fordham University Press

Blending personal and intellectual biography, Lachs reflects on his own development as a thinker. He argues that philosopher's should be attentive to the personal value and social usefulness of their discipline. He provides an overview of philosophy's significance in his own life, highlighting his unique contributions which include a theory of mediation, choice-inclusive facts, and an appreciation for the wide range of human natures.

Keywords:   Philosophical relevance, Personal significance, History of philosophy

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