• applied ethics;
  • applied philosophy;
  • corpus of knowledge;
  • definition of philosophy;
  • delimitation of philosophy;
  • interdisciplinary research;
  • philosophy;
  • science;
  • scientific philosophy

Abstract: This article offers a perspective on the role of philosophy in relation to other academic disciplines and to society in general. Among the issues treated are the delimitation of philosophy, whether it is a science, its role in the community of knowledge disciplines, its losses of subject matter to other disciplines, how it is influenced by social changes and by progress in other disciplines, and its role in interdisciplinary work. It is concluded that philosophy has an important mission in promoting clarity, precision, and open-mindedness in academic research and in society at large.