Monday, January 07, 2008
The state of analytic philosophy
Brian Leiter has up some quotes from a magazine article on how the state of philosophy in 2007 compares to that in 1997. The first two quote are the ones I find most interesting. I've heard elsewhere that philosophers today hold themselves to very high standards when it comes to understanding scientific issues that they talk about. However, Simon Blackburn thinks we're seeing a return of scholastic metaphysics. Jerry Fodor takes a view more optimistic on science issues, but I'm not inclined to give it much weight, given that Fodor has been a pretty bad offender when it comes to not understanding the scientific issues you write about.