David Schwartz, the Mary Frances Williams Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Randolph College, recently chaired a panel discussion on public philosophy at the American Philosophical Association’s (APA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Public philosophy seeks to foster more thoughtful and productive public discourse on difficult issues such as racism, immigration, cyber-bullying, and civic responsibility. Panelists shared strategies, challenges, and accomplishments of philosophers currently engaged in the public sphere through newspaper op-eds, popular-level books, blogs and social media, radio programs, and other venues beyond the traditional classroom setting.
Schwartz is a member of the APA Committee on Public Philosophy, and other panelists included philosophers from the University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, and Yale University. Also on the panel were two program officers from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), who described grant programs available to support projects in public philosophy.
More information about public philosophy and the APA can be found at http://www.apaonline.org/group/public