The Status and Role of Philosophy in Contemporary Society

Bertrand Rioux
1965 Philosophy Today  
The burden of this paper is the examination of the role of philosophy in the contemporary Nigerian society. Philosophy is viewed by some people as an irrelevant discipline; a discipline that lacks human touch. It is also viewed as an abstract enterprise only. Some people are of the view that philosophy was only relevant in the past and no longer relevant in our era of ever-growing science and technology. The pertinent questions now are: Is philosophy actually irrelevant to the contemporary
more » ... ty? What role does philosophy play or should play in our society? Therefore, employing the philosophical methods of analysis and phenomenology, this paper maintains that philosophy plays a vital role in our contemporary Nigerian society. The paper submits that philosophy is essential for an integral human development. It recommends for at least a little dosage of philosophical training for all, especially in all levels of our educational sector. This is premised on the fact that philosophy trains the human mind to reason correctly and rationally. And the proper training of the human mind, in the view of the researcher, translates to human and societal development.
doi:10.5840/philtoday19659426 fatcat:xsfhhz4rbzdyjagdkwmth5ckoi