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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Is Philosophy Dead?

Analytic philosophy is, certainly.
But is all philosophy dead, its functions usurped by science?

Consider the paradigmatic atom bomb.

Headed by Niels Bohr, science took the lead in trying to stave off an arms race and atomic war. Still the bombs were made and used and they multiplied until there were enough bombs to destroy the earth over and over again.

Consider the internet.

Another scientific advance being used to free people subtly being diverted into ways to oppress them.

Scientists do not have control over their creations.
The job of Philosophy is to advance the cause of freedom and equality, to be the mujahideen for the democracy which governments wish to water down and control.

Philosophy lives, and its greatest battles are ahead of us!


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