Public Philosophy & Public Writing
In this essay, a version of the introductory chapter of my dissertation, I introduce and explore several questions about the roles of the political philosopher. I take issue with what I call the Simple Picture, according to which political philosophers are merely philosophers who study politics. I oppose this view in light of the fact that political philosophy is a complex social practice. I present an extended analogy between the impact of political philosophy and the impact of religious practices on society. And I conclude by providing some initial motivation for my five-part conception of the role(s) of the political philosopher.
This is a short piece I wrote about a talk that Graham Priest gave at Kenyon College while I was an undergraduate there. The talk was called "Revising Logic."