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The idea that I try to consistently realize in my professional life is that philosophical reasoning and ethical inquiry are activities connected with our ordinary ways of living. At some point most of us will think about, wrestle with, or be puzzled by a philosophical issue. A professional philosopher can play the role of a guide to thinking clearly, thoroughly, and consistently about these ideas.
Perhaps the main insight that guides the way I teach is that philosophy is a kind of activity — a doing — and it is, additionally, a social activity.
My students are invited to own the philosophical inquiry that takes place in my classes.
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