Interest in public philosophy? Please be as SPECIFIC AS YOU CAN. Members who answer "yes" or "a lot" will not be approved.
I am a professional philosopher who believes that in order for philosophical ideas to do people outside the profession any good, those ideas must be understood by people outside the profession. I published a defense of public philosophy in the most recent "Essays in Philosophy' (Vol.15, Issue 1, 2004)
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