A nice little piece by Jack Russell Weinstein:
Public philosophy is a practice; it has an internal logic and intrinsic standards of success. Academic philosophy is only a success if something new is brought to the table, if the researcher contributes meaningfully to his or her field. But public philosophy may lead to trite, hackneyed, or familiar conclusions, and still be considered successful because it brings something new to the individual, perhaps a new perspective or maybe just the realization that intellectual life can be fun. These are modest goals, but they are important, and they are goods in themselves.
Read the full article @ “What Does Public Philosophy Do? (Hint: It Does Not Make Better Citizens)
I found the piece well written. And I think it goes well with many of my attempts to talk to philosophize with youth beyond the confines of the academy.