What Is Philosophy and Why Should We Care?

The American Philosophical Association is 100 years old. The philosophers wanted to celebrate. They decided to have a little fun. They asked actor, comedian and Monty Python co-founder John Cleese, to record a series of radio spots which the association has just released on CD. From Nashville Public Radio, Scott Huler reports. (4:30) (Please note this story was corrected on air on May 9, 2002: "I just listened with interest, and then confusion, to your story about the Centennial of the American Philosphical Society," writes Anne Rudloff Stanton from Colombia, Missouri. "I realized quickly that the story was not about the APS — which was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin "for the promotion of useful knowledge" — but about the American Philosophical ASSOCIATION, which IS celebrating its centennial and is much more specifically concerned with philosophy in the modern sense of the word." Professor Stanton chides, "One little word can make a big difference!")

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