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What are the arguments for and against philosophy in high school?

Philosophy is seen as a dead science. However, how can we ignore the prevalence of philosophy in history. Whether it be the philosophy of science, language, or history, there has always been philosophical inquiry except near the middle of the twentieth century.

Should philosophy be taught at the high school level? Should there be a mandatory or elective class for philosophy? What are the merits of philosophy in High School? What are the draw back of teaching philosophy in high school?


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  • Sep 7 2012: I didn't know it was a "dead" science. In fact, I wasn't aware that it was a science at all.
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      Sep 9 2012: Historically, science is a branch of philosophy. So you are right, it doesn't make sense to say that philosophy is a science, just as it makes no sense to say that a dish is a plate. A plate is a dish, and science is a philosophy.

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