A Guide to Field Philosophy: Case Studies and Practical Strategies

1st Edition

Evelyn Brister, Robert Frodeman

February 21, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 400 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815347576 - CAT# K345459

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Philosophers increasingly engage in practical work with other disciplines and the world at large. This volume draws together the lessons learned from this work--including philosophers’ contributions to scientific research projects, consultations on matters of policy, and expertise provided to government agencies and non-profits—as a new volume on how to effectively practice philosophy.  Its 22 case studies are organized into five sections:

I. Collaboration and Communication

II. Policymaking and the Public Sphere

III. Fieldwork in the Academy

IV. Fieldwork in the Professions

V. Changing Philosophical Practice

Together, they provide a practical, how-to guide for doing philosophy in the field – how to find problems that can benefit from philosophical contributions, effectively collaborate with other professionals and community members, make fieldwork a positive part of a philosophical career, and anticipate and negotiate the sorts of unanticipated problems that crop up in direct public engagement.

Key Features:

  • Uniquely, gives specific advice on how to integrate philosophy with outside groups
  • Offers examples from working with the public and private sectors, community organizations, and academic groups
  • Provides lessons learned, often summarized at the end of chapters for how to practice philosophy in the field


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