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Philosophy is Pointless

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There are three kinds of philosophy:

1) Natural Philosophy

2) Ethics

3) Answers to made-up questions like ‘how many angels can dance on the head of a pin’ that show the answerer is really clever.

If most philosophical questions were definitively resolved one way or another, should people act any differently as a result?  I think not, and if not, I submit that philosophy is pointless.

Except, of course, as a way of showing how clever you are.  That is to say, most philosophers are just in it for the chicks and the money.

So, philosophers, tell me why you do it and what would change if you got definite answers to non-scientific, non-ethical questions.

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Written by James Bailey

February 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

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  1. “Except, of course, as a way of showing how clever you are. That is to say, most philosophers are just in it for the chicks and the money.”

    Have you looked at how much philosophers make? The only real job you can get with a philosophy degree is teaching, or going on to law school. I understand if you do the law school thing you’ll get chicks and whatnot, but as a philosophy teacher? doubtful.

    That’s if you can even get a job teaching. It’s a rather thankless job I think, as you are doomed to think about things people like yourself don’t bother with on a day-to-day basis.

    Go read some, then get back to me. Philosophy is a great study, and not for the chicks or money.

    elysianreverie

    October 28, 2010 at 5:28 am


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