May 16, 2005

limits of philosophy

Academic philosophy has become professionalized to such a degree that skepticism among students is discouraged, and non-philosophers are excluded from dialogue, with the result that contemporary philosophy has become inaccessible and of little relevance to human life.

Professional analytic philosophy we have the dissolution of metaphysics into natural science and the evolution of philosophy of science to justify why it is science that tells us how various things are.

The criticism of contemporary Australian philosophy that it should play a larger role in public life buys into the very traditional analytic view that Australian philosophy would sacrifice relevance to rigor, and would become less rigorous in order to become more relevant.

Analytical philosophy’s Other is not merely Continental philosophy.It is also a lot of philosophical activity that goes on outside philosophy departments by people who often do not call themselves philosophers.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at May 16, 2005 12:00 AM | TrackBack

What kind of "activity" would that be exactly? People in the arts? Comedians? Does philosophical activity need to leave revelant traces in order to be considered as such?

Posted by: Hugo on May 18, 2005 11:28 AM
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