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Third Lecture - J anuary 9 2009 Philosophy 4 Third Lecture...

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January 9, 2009 Philosophy 4: Third Lecture The Value of Philosophy Russell wants to show us two things: 1. Where philosophy’s value is 2. Where philosophy’s value is not Contrast: The value of philosophy vs. the value of science: - With science, the goods it strives to achieve are useful to innumerable people who are wholly ignorant of it 1. Stem cell research, cancer treatments, HIV/AIDS, the cars we drive, etc. - Science is then recommended by the effects it has on the whole humanity and not just on the individual who studies it But philosophy does not have that sort of value; the value it has for others (those who do not directly study it) is only indirect: - We enable better reasoning and better thought out positions which will translate into better researchers, a better society, etc. But philosophy may have no direct impact on the quality of the lives of those who do not study it. -
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2010 for the course PHIL PHIL 4 taught by Professor Huizenga during the Winter '09 term at UCSB.

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