Editor's note: This paper was read at the fourth annual University of Dayton Philosophy Colloquium, held in 1974.

In this paper I will deal with and try to give acceptable answers to three basic questions that deal with the topic of philosophical commitment. The questions and the order in which they will be dealt with are:

  • What is philosophical commitment?
  • How does philosophical commitment develop?
  • What is the best way to describe, talk about, or understand this commitment?

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