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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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The Cultural Immortality of Philosophy as Human Drama

The Cultural Immortality of Philosophy as Human Drama

(p.318) Chapter Seventeen The Cultural Immortality of Philosophy as Human Drama
The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents an essay on the cultural immortality of philosophy in human affairs. The history of philosophy in Western civilization is a vast intellectual map characterized by periods of speculative explosions followed by longer periods of absorption and redress. The influence of philosophers throughout the centuries is dazzling and way out of proportion to the number of philosophers recognized in the canon of important thinkers. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, philosophy has been instrumental in shaping people's views and beliefs about cultural and other issues.

Keywords:   philosophy, cultural immortality, Western civilization, philosophers, essay

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