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Is it time for philosophy to do away with metaphysics?

I love philosophy but one of the main issues that I hear about it is that its impractical and serves no suitable purpose to the world. Although I believe this claim to be somewhat false I understand the point that is being made from those who criticize it.

Philosophy is capable of being pragmatic but the reason why it appears as though its not is because it deals too much with the abstract and concerns itself with metaphysics. If you want a real brain teaser metaphysical talk is the way to go but metaphysics really serves no purpose to the world. For a family who constantly have to work to feed their children and provide an education, contemplating the nature of reality or postulating weather or not consciousness exists outside the brain is probably not going to help the situation. One of my professors say that if we sit in meditation, we’ll understand the true harmonious nature and interconnectedness of the universe. We will understand how to act in each moment (similar to what Taoist believe). He may be right but we often forget that its a privilege to be able to do so. Nor are these concerns on everyone’s mind.

The philosophy department at my school is great but it is too indulged in metaphysics. From an epistomological standpoint this is problematic because most of the claims that are made is either in conflict with the way the natural world really is (scientific discoveries) and they are essentially not able to be proved which means we should not waste our time with such claims. When it comes to epistemology, I think this is where philosophy could utilize the methodology of science.

I"m a philosopher at heart but it concerns me that philosophy would lose it value if it cannot indulge in more empiricism and naturalism when making claims about the way the world is.

are we so concerned with value to the point that we'll negate truth? is science capable of establishing values?

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    May 14 2013: I agree...I loved philosophy..but it damaged me when it lured me away from the body and convinced me the mind was superior...so I lived along time fighting with nature...then I discovered eastern philosophy...which in some disciplines sees opposites as nessesary...not evils...I am almost cure of my self disgust...I am disappointed that philosophy enjoys being logistically correct in a word structure...a maze of ideas which seems correct,but is not applicable to human experience....this was not a good thing for an abused teenager to study as it led me farther from functional reality and made no apologies as it indulges in an level of contemplation...regardless of who they devalue... BUT it made me a better arguer ..The philosophy department is a team of intellectuals addicted to their own ideas and is not able to reconsider how they effect others....or World war two may have had less genocide without a philosophy of cleansing which filtered from this group into the hands of ruthless maniacs...still their brains intiated the concept

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