Popularizing Philosophy Through Fiction and Popular Media: A Review and Analysis
The primary purpose of my thesis is to present a sound method for rectifying the negative attitude toward philosophical writing that has lingered since its inception. Philosophy has rarely been appreciated outside of academic settings and I think that it is time for philosophers to try to deal effectively with this problem. My method for doing so involves rethinking the way in which philosophy is presented to the general public. More specifically, I ask philosophers to consider using fictional literature and other popular media to make their work more accessible to non-philosophers. My hope is that by making philosophy more popular, not only will philosophers be more respected in the community, but the public will also benefit from its method.
My first chapter takes a quick look at the history of philosophy to see how philosophy has traditionally been presented. I claim that the traditional methods are part of the reason for philosophy's public image. My second chapter takes a closer look at how philosophical ideas may be translated into fiction. In the third chapter, I look to other disciplines to find new methods for promoting a particular discipline that have never been explored by philosophers. In the fourth chapter I argue that philosophy should be taught in early education because it is the best way to get students to appreciate philosophy and because it will help to improve the grim state of lower level education.
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Stanlick, Nancy A.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Voss, Kellen, "Popularizing Philosophy Through Fiction and Popular Media: A Review and Analysis" (2006). HIM 1990-2015. 578.