Why and How Philosophy Matters

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This article examines the importance of philosophy in politics and political analysis. It discusses the nature of philosophy and the prospect for a philosophy of politics and explains that philosophy is an attempt to think explicitly and rationally about matters on which one cannot help but have implicit commitments. It outlines the six domains of inquiry consistent with the general view of philosophical reasoning. These include the philosophy of nature, the philosophy of value, and the philosophy of society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577185
ISBN (Print)0199270430, 9780199270439
StatePublished - Mar 16 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Nature
  • Philosophy
  • Political analysis
  • Politics
  • Reasoning
  • Society
  • Value


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