For Genis Carreras, the author/designer, aesthetics is a mode for thinking: The book aims to be the starting point of deeper discussion about these theories; it’s a trigger of conversation to bring philosophy back to our daily lives. Carreras also designs for philosophy conferences and the magazine New Philosopher, “an independent quarterly magazine devoted to […]

  John Horgan at Scientific American asks physicist George Ellis about other leading physicists’ disparaging claims concerning the value of philosophy. Ellis’s response, in a nutshell: ignoring the philosophical side of physics doesn’t make it disappear, it just makes you do it badly. Horgan: [Lawrence] Krauss, Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson have been bashing philosophy as a waste […]

Why is peer-reviewed scholarship the sole standard for judging philosophic work, rather than also considering the impacts that such work has on the larger world? And why are there only two social roles for those with PhDs in philosophy – to teach undergraduates, and to talk to other PhDs in philosophy? In an interview that […]

The philosophy department has been seen as a neutral space from which thought germinates, not itself an object for reflection. And so one finds no explorations of the effects that disciplining might have had on philosophical theorizing, or of where else philosophers could be housed, or of how philosophers, by being located elsewhere, might have […]

If the relationship between philosophy and the polis has always been fraught, and perhaps laced with a bit of subterfuge, it has also been in the end a workable one. Until the 20th century. Since then the tension has grown into a paradox, the gap into a chasm. Socrates Tenured offers an account of the […]

Whatever the cause of philosophy becoming sidetracked, over the course of the twentieth century philosophers increasingly followed W. V. O. Quine’s path in treating philosophy as a technical exercise of no particular interest to the public. While it is possible to point to philosophers who work with (rather than merely talk about) non-academics, among the […]

In 1917 John Dewey published “The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy,” a reflection on the role of philosophy in early 20th century American life. In it Dewey expressed concern that philosophy had become “sidetracked from the main currents of contemporary life,” too much the domain of professionals and adepts. He took pains to note […]