Public Philosophy Blossoms in Germany

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on an amazing boom in socially-engaged philosophy in Germany. Here are a couple of quotes:

“Philosophy can be an extremely effective means to help us interpret and order ourselves in our environment,” says Mr. Eilenberger, a former academic who taught at the University of Toronto. The public square, not the elitist confines of university campuses, is the appropriate domain for philosophic discourse, he argues.

“Sometimes the popular version is harder to write than the academic product,” Mr. Hampe says. “The true public intellectual can do both. But it takes hard work and lots of time.”


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