THE THREE BIG QUESTiONS OF PHILOSOPHY
“Unfortunately, the golden age of philosophy has passed. The academy has instead moved into the age of empirical science (what do the data say?) and shallow economic utilitarianism (i.e., How can we maximize our wallets and our pleasures without harming others?). If there is any question about whether the waning of philosophy has taken a toll on our society, consider that in last night’s debate for the Republican nomination for the most powerful position in the world, the frontrunner took the time to assure us that he is well-endowed.
There is much emerging evidence that our shallow, unreflective systems of justification are threatening our very existence. As such, I hope there is a quick and profound return to reflecting on these questions with depth and sophistication.”