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There is a paradox surrounding philosophy that AskPhilosophers seeks to address. On the one hand, everyone confronts philosophical issues throughout his or her life. But on the other, very few have the opportunity to learn about philosophy, a subject that is usually taught only at the college level. (Why? There is no good reason for this and plenty of bad ones.) AskPhilosophers aims to bridge this gap by putting the skills and knowledge of trained philosophers at the service of the general public.

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This site owes much to the programming, design work, and suggestions of Dave Fortunato, Qingsi Zhu, Nicholas Doty, Paul Chapin, Jill Cirasella, Zachary Sachs, Elisa Mai, and Willa Jarnagin. The site's icon was designed by Jill Cirasella: it captures the spirit of this project by finding a question mark embedded within the Greek letter phi, the first letter of the Greek word for philosophy. The site itself was built through an extensive modification of phpMyFAQ. Thanks finally to Amherst College for its invaluable support.

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