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Philosophy

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New year, new life, new blog. I want to share my thoughts about the current state of philosophy. I think, and I’ll articulate this in later articles, that one of the aspects of the current state of philosophy is that there are many philosophy teachers, but not philosophers.

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Author: Carlo Alvaro

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6 thoughts on “Philosophy

  1. May I ask a question, and I may have misunderstood your meaning? What about those who are students of Philosophy (like myself), but who do not become teachers, surely they would outnumber teachers of Philosophy? Further, wouldn’t you say it is the case that anyone who wonders about the ‘nature of things’ is indeed a philosopher – even in a limited sense – thus meaning that, again, the number of philosophers is quite large?

    • Samuel, you did not misunderstand me; rather, in my first post I was not extremely clear. I shall give you a brief response to your questions, though I will try to do much better by elaborating my idea in future articles. I can see that you are a student of philosophy because you read too much into my statement. What I was (arrogantly and simply) trying to say is that nowadays there are no serious philosophers any more. The way I see the history of Western philosophy is this: we begin with great minds such as Thales, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle. Then, we have Boethius, Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham. Descartes, Galileo, Hume, Kant, Locke. We move to modern figures such as Russell, Frege, Hempel, Einstein, Popper, Quine, Putnam. Nowadays, you don’t see those kinds of minds. And one of the reasons is that academia has shaped the minds of philosophers. In the past there were independent minds who investigated into questions of the world. Today the philosophical world is constituted of a bunch of predictable academic parrots. They no longer have genuine ideas. And because they have to justify their jobs, they constantly publish articles about trivial topics. If you do not believe me, look at the research conducted in the top departments of philosophy in the English speaking world. I know that my answer is going to need more details, but I want to keep it short here.

      Next, to the second question of whether “anyone who wonders about the ‘nature of things’ is indeed a philosopher” I say that it is not so. Wondering about things is not enough. Granted, there are natural philosophers, such as Socrates or Hume. Hume was 17 when he published his ideas. But by and large (this is my opinion and I don’t think it too far from the truth) if one does not study formal logic for many years and then masters it, does not study extensively most of the problems in the various branches of philosophy, and of course, does not possess the mental ability to contribute to the advancement of philosophical discourse, “wondering about the nature of things” is not going to cut it.
      C

  2. I definitely agree with you! Today there is just a continual rehash. I’ve wondered where all the philosophers have gone and why more people are not pursuing the study of philosophy.

    I believe Those who are today’s philosophers are hidden. They have not made themselves known.

    The rest of us, apparently, are preoccupied with our mortality and live day by day.

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