This article may be of interest to both my (past/present/future) "Mission Possible: Global Issues, Leadership Choices" students and my (past/present/future) "Philosophically Speaking" students:
"Philosophy skeptics have a tendency to sniffingly dismiss the field as useless. 'What’s the point?' they ask, shrugging at the greatest ideas in human history. Well, aside from the intellectual pursuit of the truth etc., one point of philosophy is it shapes the world around us: Societal instincts and political ideals are often an expression of theories first put forward in philosophy books. This isn’t just some ancient tendency but an ongoing, modern phenomenon. Global leaders and grassroots ideologues continue to refer to philosophers as the inspiration behind their political outlook. ... For those hoping to make sense of politics in 2018, here are a few of the philosophers worth knowing."
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