How Philosophers Think


Interesting discussion on the matter over at Crooked Timber and plenty of insightful comments as well:

Philosophy seems to be an outlier within the humanities, just as Linguistics is; we have less in common with the other humanities in terms of the concepts and methods that we deploy, and even the subject matter, than they have with one another (I don’t think I could make the case for that claim in a rigorous way, but I’m convinced its true). Some philosophers, furthermore, seem largely uninterested in any other kind of intellectual endeavour, and this just increases the sense of the other humanists that we are arrogant; worse still, those of us who are interested in other disciplines frequently look to the sciences and social sciences rather than to the rest of the humanities (speaking for myself, I read history and literature for fun, but I read sociology and economics for work).

3 thoughts on “How Philosophers Think

  1. Interesting. For some reason as I read it all I could think of were the ambitions of priests whose sole discoursive attemtpt (towards potential non-believers) was to convince them of the importance of their “knowledge”. Wrapped in arcane reference and contemporary jargons, philosopher/priests ever harang the populace of other disciplines with the significance of their secret handshakes, it seems. There is something of stale air in the PROFESSION of philosophy.

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