Tag Archives: Philosophy

The Marketing of Philosophy – A Preliminary Report

Here’s another guest essay for the blog of Bernardo Kastrup, this time addressing the marketing problems troubling professional philosophy in the West at this time. Departments are closing, jobs are being lost, respect is at an all time low and … Continue reading

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What is Wrong with Professional Philosophy?

It is clear that philosophy as practiced in our universities is not a method for discovering the answers to any important questions. Professional philosophers are invariably clever in many ways and so the problem cannot be pure incompetence or mere error. … Continue reading

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Does Philosophy Solve any Problems?

This question is asked a lot these days. If we were to ask it of a philosopher in what is usually defined as the ‘western’ tradition of thought then the answer would be no, it does not. Centuries of scholarly … Continue reading

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Sticking Up For Philosophy

Yesterday I again bumped up against the claim that philosophy does not produce answers. This issue is a constant source of irritation. It would not be rigorous to say that philosophy does not produce answers. It is something that is … Continue reading

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On the Dangers of Objecting to Philosophy

  According to the Noble Nagarjuna, widely considered the greatest of Buddhist philosophers, there will usually be an ironic twist in the tail to objections against Buddhism’s philosophical doctrine, for on examination they will turn out to be an endorsement … Continue reading

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Philosophy and Science

A while ago I recommended Ulrich Mohrhoff’s recent book The World According to Quantum Mechnics. This is a mathematical text book yet also a philosophical statement, since a specific philosophical interpretation of the mathematics is endorsed, namely that of Sri … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Doing Philosophy

I have been thinking some more about the idea that philosophy can be divided into two activities, where one would be understanding, formulating and solving problems, and the other would be trying to understand the solutions, and where the former … Continue reading

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The Devil in Philosophy

In philosophy it sometimes really does seem as if the Devil is in the details, and that this is not just a turn of phrase. The main issues are simple. The details are utterly confusing and there may be no … Continue reading

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