Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):103-116 (2014)

Greg Littmann
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Writing philosophy to be read by people who are not professional philosophers ought to be central to the work of professional philosophers. Writing for the public should be central to their work because their professional end is to produce ideas for use by people who are not professional philosophers. Philosophy is unlike most disciplines in that the ideas produced by professional philosophers generally have to be understood by a person before they can be of any use to them. As a tool for delivering philosophical ideas to the public, writing philosophical works is invaluable. The need to write philosophy directly for the public should be clear regardless of one’s conception of the value of philosophy, since writing directly for the public is in the spirit of all the most popular modern philosophical movements.
Keywords Public Philosophy  Professional Ethics (Philosophy)
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DOI 10.7710/1526-0569.1492
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