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ASK A PHILOSOPHER!


Ask a Philosopher was launched in 1999 on the University of Sheffield web site. Since then, we have responded to thousands of questions submitted from all over the world. In 2006 Ask a Philosopher moved to philosophypathways.com.

This service is offered courtesy of Pathways to Philosophy, the independent distance learning project run by the International Society for Philosophers.

Go to askaphilosopher.wordpress.com for the latest questions and answers. Your question is more likely to be answered if you show that you have thought about the problem and are not just asking us to do your homework for you. For advice on formulating your question see below.



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Philosophy graduates and teachers are invited to contribute their expertise. If you would like to help, you are welcome to email your response to any of the questions posted on the Questions page to klempner@fastmail.net.

The latest questions are also distributed by email to members of the Ask a Philosopher panel. If you would like to join the panel, please email askaphilosopher@fastmail.net, including a brief CV and statement of your academic qualifications.

Please note that this is an opportunity to show how philosophers think — what is a philosophical approach to a question — and not simply to sound off about your own pet theory. There is too much of that on the internet already.

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More Q and A

http://askaphilosopher.wordpress.com (Ask a Philosopher)

http://tentativeanswers.blogspot.com (Tentative Answers)

http://electronicphilosopher.com (Electronic Philosopher)


Thank you for taking the time to visit these pages.

Geoffrey Klempner
Director of Studies

 

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