Friday, April 22, 2005

Billy Beck vs. P

Some quick, desultory comments:

  • Sometimes speculative examples are helpful in philosophy, and they do actual work towards knowing something about the world.

  • Analytic philosophy has its merits but can go over the top and become mind-numbingly trivial or silly. The same is true of continental philosophy.

  • P's main problem, one by no means shared by all professional philosophers, is that he conceives of philosophy in purely formalistic terms, as if philosophers were geometers.

  • Philosophical jargon can be helpful at times, although I try to do without it when I can.

  • Roger Scruton is another philosopher critical of the analytic tradition.

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