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Neil McArthur

Here is another hypothesis to explain the disdain: we are jealous because their parties are so much better than ours. As someone who is married to a lit prof, I can say that, at least in North America, it is a universal maxim, to which there are no counter-examples, that lit parties are always more fun than philosophy parties.

PS: Whitehead is currently huge among lit theorist/scholars. He seems to be the favourite philosopher right now in that world. I have no idea why.

Filippo Contesi

Roughly put, philosophy is the closest to the sciences of the arts and humanities subjects, and literature is the closest arts and humanities subject to philosophy in terms of methods, outputs etc. No wonder there is rivalry.

Secondarily, there surely may be something like Professor Schliesser's explanation.

I would actually be curious to know whether people think any or all of these explanations are also relevant to philosophy's disdain for aesthetics and philosophy of art, as well as whether there too things appear to people to have been improving lately as Professor Schliesser suggests it is the case with literary studies.

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