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A Guide to Field Philosophy

by Evelyn Brister

A Guide to Field Philosophy Synopsis

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-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, these essays 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: 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.

A Guide to Field Philosophy Press Reviews

Field philosophy' promises - and delivers - nothing less than philosophy's return to its pre-academic roots as reflective being in the world. What is most striking about the philosophers assembled in this volume is that they would probably be in violent disagreement over many purely technical philosophical issues, yet they are all capable of turning their philosophical skills to the greater common good. --Steve Fuller, University of Warwick At least since the 1980s efforts have been made in various quarters of the English-speaking philosophical community to break free from the Western model of academic specialization and detachment. This volume adds new dimensions to the project, going deeper in conceptualization (the theory of field philosophy), broader in reach (from science and engineering to design, fracking, addiction, and human trafficking), and more expansive in participants (33 from North and South America and Europe). --Carl Mitcham, Renmin University of China

Book Information

ISBN: 9780815347552
Publication date: 4th February 2020
Author: Evelyn Brister
Publisher: CRC Press Inc an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 378 pages
Categories: History of Western philosophy, Ethics & moral philosophy, Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge,

About Evelyn Brister

Evelyn Brister is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has a PhD in Philosophy and an MS in Environmental Science, and she has written articles on the philosophy of sustainability, environmental decision-making, interdisciplinary collaboration, and scientific objectivity. Robert Frodeman has taught at the University of Colorado and the University of North Texas. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and an MS in Environmental Science, and his research ranges across environmental philosophy and public policy, the philosophy of science and technology, and the philosophy of interdisciplinarity. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including ...

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