The question, “What is philosophy?”, gets a lot of attention, but in this issue we focus on something less lofty but arguably as important: what is it to do philosophy?
Is doing philosophy living a certain sort of life? Ross Jensen starts us off by getting that idea in plain view. Several contributors reflect on philosophical methods. Russell Marcus takes up theories and philosophical intuitions, Robert Arp examines philosophy’s bread and butter, arguments, and Timothy Williamson shines a light on the workings of thought experiments. David W. Concepción offers his top tips for a prime candidate for the essence of philosophical activity: reading philosophy and trying to work out what the author actually means.
Finally, we take up two sides of a coin. Alexandra Bradner and Andrew P. Mills argue that doing philosophy just is teaching philosophy. Jennifer M. Morton considers learning philosophy as a kind of antidote to injustice.