TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

Is Philosophy dead?

Was it buried beneath pragmatic scientific discourse? Stabbed through the heart by the stake of probability. Is there any room for conjecture in the button down business of modern scientific thought? In the world of proof, what is the point of pondering?

I sometimes chuckle and think philosophers and theologians are off in a corner somewhere playing chess, while the scientific community is haphazardly reinventing our reality.

Is there truth in the evident, or are we chasing our own tail?


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Sep 22 2013: Good question. I blogged about this once before (on my own personal blog) and hence couldn't help but comment here! I know the "Philosophers" out there might take this with a pinch of salt, but the truth is Philosophy AS WE KNEW IT ONCE is no more. That said, i would like to agree with Robert Galway here, when he says, philosophy today is pretty much everywhere. But i would like to kind of delve a little deeper into this change that Philosophy as a subject has undergone. I know nobody likes to mention it, but a lot of people have looked down upon people who chose to go the "philosophic" route. People said there is not merit in this argument; there isnt evidence enough to prove his thesis or even better "it's all in the head" when it comes to philosophy. But look at where we are today? Look at the shift in thinking the greater world has undergone. From being a subject, field of study once to becoming a part of the way we look at anything - philosophy has come a long way. I would like to close by saying that if we develop a systemic approach of looking at issues, problems (inside the home or those that could cause world wars) and look at rational ways of solving them - it's all the philosophy this world would ever need.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.