The Death of Philosophy, fact or myth?

  • 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essay by Rebecca Goldstein, "How Philosophy Makes Progress," presents a counter-thesis to the view that philosophy is obsolete, if not dead altogether.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



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  • Andreas G

    so what's the verdict? Are giving up or trudging on?

    July 3, 2014

    • Juan B.

      Andreas, we keep the faith! We just discussed and expressed opinion regarding some scientific critics of philosophy, even some of their rejection of philosophy as having any relevance today.

      July 4, 2014

    • Andreas G

      are we down to faith as the last resort :)

      1 · July 4, 2014

  • David D.

    Very relaxed. Rambled in a very pleasant way. With only four attendees, there was more than enough time for everyone to have their say as often as desired. Fun.

    July 3, 2014

  • Juan B.

    Fair discussion in which all had the opportunity to reply to the question: Is Philosophy still alive, or is it (or parts of it) becoming obsolete?

    July 3, 2014

  • Leia

    I am not quite well yet.
    See you all next meeting.

    July 2, 2014

  • David D.

    I lost my ride! Could anyone else pick me up and drop me off at Beach Blvd? I can lock my bike up and get back and forth to home from there.

    July 1, 2014

  • Andreas G

    I won't make it tomorrow, so I have just changed my RSVP to "NO". Enjoy and see you next month.

    July 1, 2014

  • Juan B.

    Philosophy is neither dead nor obsolete. So argues Rebecca Goldstein. In her essay , "How Philosophy Makes Progress," she presents a counter-thesis to the view that philosophy is obsolete, if not dead altogether. Check out what Ms. Goldstein has to say

    June 26, 2014

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