“Philosophy is a field that, unfortunately, reminds me of that old Woody Allen joke …”

“Philosophy is a field that, unfortunately, reminds me of that old Woody Allen joke, ‘those that can’t do, teach, and those that can’t teach, teach gym.’ And the worst part of philosophy is the philosophy of science; the only people, as far as I can tell, that read work by philosophers of science are the other philosophers of science. It has no impact on physics what so ever. They have every right to feel threatened, because science progresses and philosophy doesn’t.”

Lawrence Krauss

When someone like Krauss says something that triggers me, I know I still have work to do. This does not mean that he is right, necessarily. I am fairly sure he is wrong.

I am fairly sure that Philosophy in 20th Century underwent significant breakthroughs, transcending any of the understandings that we had been caught in for the previous couple of Millenia, and Heidegger and Wittgenstein were at the heart of these breakthroughs.

The insights of these men are still rippling out into our commonsense everyday understanding of the world just as the scientific breakthroughs of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are rippling out, and the breakthroughs of evolutionary theory, and psychological theory are rippling out.

The perspectives and insights that transcend and include all of these breakthroughs are far from being yet settled.

My own feeling is that we live at a great time for the intelect of humankind. We have the shoulders of giants to stand on, and yet there is still plenty of thinking wanting to be done.

Andrew is a Product Designer at https://medium.com/thortspace - #3D #collaborative #thought_mapping #app. See it more than one way!

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