« On "Colonial Claims:" President Wilson, Kant, and Mill. | Main | On Reading & Re-Reading MLK: For Those Unhappy with Identity Politics, Class or Nation are not the Answer(s). »



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Ruth Groff

Thanks, Eric! I commented on the fb version.

Brandon Towl

One quick note: You have two H's and G's in this post's list. :)

Other than that, I will say that I agree with every point, save maybe for second-G ("Philosophy is a waste of time because there are no decisive answers to our questions.")

Williams and I were some years apart, but I think our experiences and ultimate decision are largely the same... More people are paying attention to the slamming doors, but I fear that the sea-changes needed will come too late to do anything about the impending fire, to use your imagery.

Eric Schliesser

Thanks for catching that Brandon. I corrected (in order to avoid misunderstanding).

Graham White

Although I think that all of this is true, I think there's another side: I find that, if I hang out with politicos a lot, that a lot of their argumentation could do with better analytical skills. There are a lot of false binaries in the political world (either you're an X or you're a Y, and your choice of X or Y determines, in some underexamined way, your choices on a lot of other things). Maybe philosophy could play a more therapeutic role in the political process (therapeutic in the Socratic sense), and maybe the frustration that a lot of philosophers feel is because of unrealistic expectations about how to be a politically engaged philosopher.
That being said, I think also that the present institutional setup of academia, and especially for the critical humanities, is just vile. I think people should go on strike more. And, of course, if there's a revolution, and barricades and stuff, and if you're on the side of the revolution, then you should just get out there. But all of these things are things you do as a person, rather than as an academic (if academia happens to be your workplace, then you're doing it qua worker and not qua philosopher).

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Here's a link to my past blogging (and discussions involving me) at: New APPS.


Blog powered by Typepad