Filosofia și partajul public/ Philosophy and Public Distribution/ p. 3-10

Radu-Cristian Andreescu


The proper way of defending philosophy’s right to existence in our society is not by arguing its public utility in terms of epistemological or intellectual gain among modern sciences, but by positing that, at its beginning, philosophy implied a certain equality based on a culture of dialogue. It is important, of course, to distinguish this inaugural philosophical state from the way philosophy has been taught and learnt throughout history. However, following some of Jacques Rancière’s ideas about politics and emancipatory education, we should acknowledge that a form of equality in reason we can call “philosophy” underlies all social bonds. Consequently, considering two crucial domains of our public life – education and politics –, the ethical importance of philosophy comes from the fact that it reveals the primary equality that is to be placed, paradoxically, underneath any social hierarchy such as teacher and student, ruler and subject and so on. Thus, the distribution of philosophy means neither a transfer of knowledge, nor a transfer of power which could be described in terms of “more” or “less”, but the democratic restoration of the common value of reason. 


philosophy, distribution, Socrates, politics, education

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