A Defence of Philosophy

A Defence of Philosophy

A Defence of Philosophy

A Defence of Philosophy

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There are many drawbacks to being a professor of philosophy, and one of the worst is that you cannot gossip lightly about your occupation. Picture to yourself that great American forum and social centre, the smoking compartment of a Pullman car. There has been an exchange of confidences about the boot and shoe industry in St. Louis, or the boot-legging industry in Detroit, when your neighbor turns to you and asks, amidst a hush of expectancy, what you sell. To be as candid and optimistic as your neighbors, you would be compelled to say: "My firm manufactures and distributes ultimate . . .

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