My initial search began with the question: what is philosophy? Soon this warped into auxiliary questions regarding the history and scope of philosophy, apropos methods of conducting philosophy and hence the astute concern raised by Astra amongst “official” academic philosophers and exile of mere partisan philosophers. The New School organized this panel discussion asking not the most fundamental question, what is philosophy, but its more socio-politically loaded variant, Does Philosophy Still Matter? After all, the New School is like no other. It is interesting to see how philosophers from different schools of thought have a different take on what philosophy actually is and what it’s worth is, if any – especially when construed in terms of utility-value. These speakers are brilliant in their own right, having contributed volumes of scholarship, offered work and talks of remarkable inspiration and with a breathe and depth of knowledge rarely encountered.