Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:09 AM
Your odd concern about "conspiracy" aside - yes, "philosophy" is on its way out.I have quite a bit to say on the subject, but I'm way too apathetic here to go on at length, so in short:1. Philosophy was awesome. It brought critical thinking, epistemology, logic, reason and the scientific method into focus.2. "Natural philosophy" was the branch of philosophy, generally speaking, that noticed the previous things were what worked, and used them axiomatically.3. There was a divide between what is now often described as "mental masturbation" and Natural philosophy... the latter of which became methodology in the "scientific method".4. From there "Natural philosophy" came to be known as science.5. Skipping many, many steps here... the end result is a divide between "philosophy" and "science". Science, or more accurately, the scientific method, now being "philosophy that works". Or "philosophy that can be applied". Or "philosophy that can be differentiated from nonsense, bullshit, and the irrelevant." And the academic term "philosophy" being everything else. By everything else I mean philosophy that isn't in any way quantifiable, testable, empirical... meaning philosophy that isn't decipherable from shit that is made up. Disciplines like, to be obvious, "theology". You'll find a number of scientists and critical thinkers who are derogatory toward "philosophy" these days... some of whom will even neglect to acknowledge that the axiomatic underpinnings of science are, by necessity, philosophical. This is because philosophy is currently oft used in a "postmodernist" - apologetic - way, as you've pointed out.This will add to the decline of philosophy as a stand-alone study (as anything more than a basic educational prerequisite), since what philosophy pragmatically had to contribute is now axiomatic to anyone who isn't religious/willfully ignorant/pathetically uneducated. That is to say it will probably be pretty popular in the U.S. for a long while yet.
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