An Ironic Situation

The institutional trappings of disciplinarity have built a wall between thought and its social context. Even when their subject matter consists of something of real significance to the wider world, philosophers discuss the topic in a way that precludes the active interest of and involvement by non-philosophers. Philosophers may have had much to say to their fellow citizens, but unlike Nietzsche’s Zarathustra they no longer come down from their mountaintop to say it.

It’s pretty ironic for a profession premised on the dictum “know thyself.”

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