July 2, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This series of meetups are exercises in off beat philosophy, meaning that I shall approach philosophy in unorthodox ways, but in ways that are instructive and philosophically stimulating.
The topic for July will be the alleged 'death' of philosophy. We shall ask: Who says it is dead? Why? Can this 'death' be a fact or another groundless myth?
Occasionally some critics (including well-known scientists) will declare that philosophy is dead. Recently Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow make this surprising claim in their book, The Grand Design. I evaluate this claim in my blog
This can serve as the starting point for our discussion. Maybe philosophy is dead for some, but for others the ghost of philosophy remains a lively character indeed. Or maybe not? I invite your views on this most interesting possibility: Philosophy in some form has died, but enough remains to rebut all critics like Hawking and others who may have overstated the case against philosophy.
A very interesting essay by Rebecca Goldstein, "How Philosophy Makes Progress," presents a counter-thesis to the view that philosophy is obsolete, if not dead altogether. Check out what Ms. Goldstein has to say