Social Meaning and Philosophical Method
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There are special challenges in writing a Presidential Address: you want to address a very broad group of philosophers with knowledge and abilities that far exceed your own, and you want to say something that will be as engaging as possible. Philosophers have addressed a great many issues, with different methods, and I want there to be space in our discipline for all of them. I myself love arcane philosophical topics – put me in a world where I could spend my time pouring over Aristotle’s Metaphysics and I’d be happy – and I believe that philosophy yields knowledge and that is intrinsically valuable. I also love kinds of philosophy that many would not regard as philosophy at all: philosophy as it emerges in thinking about personal and family issues, philosophy in the context of political activism, and philosophy that is inextricable from empirical research.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
American Philosophical Association 110th Eastern Division Annual Meeting
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Haslanger, Sally. "Social Meaning and Philosophical Method." American Philosophical Association 110th Eastern Division Annual Meeting (December 2013).
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