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Russell: On the Value of Philosophy What is the value of philosophy? Why should it be studied? For instance, one who studies cars or medicine makes some USE of it - by fixing cars or by curing ill people. Philosophy, on the contrary, does not have a utilitarian value - it does not have a direct utility. Not necessarily. Its value lies in the effect on the one who philosophizes. But how? In what way? I. Philosophy's value is to be found among the goods of the mind, as opposed to the goods of the body. II. Philosophy aims at knowledge - the kind of knowledge that gives unity and system to the body of sciences. Philosophy also aims at that kind of knowledge which is a result of a critical inquiry into our beliefs, convictions and prejudices. Hence philosophers do not just assert their beliefs; this, any person can do, but rather they question the grounds of one's beliefs (where do such and such beliefs come from? Are they rational? Do they have meaning? etc.). [Remember, this is Russell's own unique definition of philosophy, which is not necessarily in
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