What is the nature and value of philosophical research?
Philosophical research deals with issues of fundamental importance. It generates new knowledge and understandings, achieves theoretical integrations of various domains, and involves interpretive and evaluative approaches which enhance our comprehension of ourselves and our world. Research in philosophy is highly diverse and deals with topics such as: truth and knowledge; morality and value; and mind, action, and language.
Philosophical research is valuable in and of itself. As philosophy asks questions about human experience and activity which are fundamental to many disciplines, it contributes insight to and informs many other academic fields, for example: the sciences (Biology, AI and cognitive science), health bioethics), technology, psychology, mathematics, law and politics. Research in philosophy can be applied – work in philosophy deals with problems of social policy, normative theory, and value theory.
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