Editor's note: This paper was read at the fourth annual University of Dayton Philosophy Colloquium, held in 1974.
The question before this colloquium, whether the philosopher is neutral or committed, arises in a variety of contexts and takes on multiple meanings. It can be asked more broadly so as to refer to the humanities generally, to scholarship, even to the university itself; and it can be asked with precise reference to philosophy. Having at least these two contexts, the question calls for separate, though I think interrelated, considerations. I shall begin with some broader issues, and turn to the question of philosophical commitment later.
Beck, Robert N.
"Philosophy, Commitment, and Their Institutional Setting,"
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