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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?


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    Oct 1 2013: Without the telescope, without the microscope and before the discovery of micro reasons for untimely death, philosophers had a lot of thinking and explaining to do, but they had so much personal latitude.

    I think the 20th century's discoveries dumped a whole load of new information into the mix and more is still coming--it's overwhelming. It's difficult to sketch a system with so many moving and changing parts. For the same reasons, we don't have definitive economic manifestos anymore, nor monotheistic domination, nor descriptions of family, nor typical life plans.

    I'm not sure why scientists can't be philosophers too--is that what you mean? I think they are an integral part of the team. This journey is getting hectic, and I think we are in the craziest period of change ever. Philosophy isn't dead, it's just been knocked on its a$$ for the time being.

    I also think that philosophy was "easier" (?) in homogenous societies where generalizing was easier. They run the risk of getting it wrong for quite a lot of weirdos now. lol
    • Oct 2 2013: "They run the risk of getting it wrong for quite a lot of weirdos now"

      Weirdos have always existed. They populate the distant regions of the perceived norm. The label has always been a form of control. I think some people fear the aspects of their psyche that they have pushed aside in favour of conformity and a comfortable life.

      It's not that they fear deviation. It's that they're afraid to consider it.
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        Oct 2 2013: I wonder if there has been a philosophy about pluralism? The invention of America and personal freedom might have been the last philosophizing society has done at a high level on respecting the right to be an individual. It's been a 250 year struggle to actually enact.

        Today I watched this famous Frontline documentary on how easily outliers get the shaft http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYqjyvMXv4c

        I also recently learned that Thomas Jefferson was like, only 32 when he founded a country based on respecting every last individual. But that he was a slave master himself etc. probably set the wrong tone.
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          Oct 2 2013: Good point Genevieve! Most of the men who signed the documents which said all men are free, owned hundreds of slaves, and at that time, wives were legally considered property of the husband. The philosophy seemed to be good...all men are free... but they didn't put it into practice. What is philosophy without applying it to the life experience?

          "One of the great difficulties in the new order of thought is that we are likely to indulge in too much theory and too little practice".
          I totally agree with this quote by Ernest Holms - "The Science of Mind"

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