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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 13 2013: Indeed,as a student,I always thought that philosophy was essential to appraise the world,to think twice before acting or reaching a conclusion,to calmly address personal and social,political or economic problems....Then,one day ,my enthusiasm was dampened as I stumbled upon an article by French thinker Jean Francois REVEL.He explained that philosophy arose from men s desire to make sense of the world without resorting to religion.Some early thinkers,notably Thales and Herodotus,had a passion for observing nature,and founded philosophy on the rejection of myth......For the next two millenia,philosophers oscillated between two conceptions of knowledge: One emphasizing concrete observation and the other,general theories of a deeper reality................................................................................................This,REVEL argues,changed with the birth of modern science! Philosophers then faced a difficult choice..1)..Focus on their core metaphysical activities and drift towards brainy triviality...2)...Embrace empiricism which was tantamount to winding up the business.REVEL used to teach philosophy and the book marked the end of philosophy for him .................................As for me,I resigned myself to reconsider what philosophy could encompass and given the huge number of possible answers I knew that I would have to be patient!

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