A Reply to Recent Anti-Philosophy Nonsense

A Reply to Recent Anti-Philosophy Nonsense March 23, 2016

Philosophy is definitely not my strong suit, but several of my good friends are philosophy teachers. I have a lot of respect for them and for the field of study. So it irritates me when influential people like Bill Nye, Neil de Grasse Tyson and Peter Boghossian issue ignorant dismissals of philosophy, or certain fields of it. Here’s a video that answers Nye’s recent comments about it:

What we have here, I think, is a manifestation of the Dunning-Kruger effect combined with a caricatured view of what philosophers do. This video was made with the help of my friend Dan Fincke, a PhD philosopher who teaches online classes on the subject. I’ve sat in on a couple of his classes and found them very informative. He’s exactly the kind of professor I would want to have in a philosophy class, open to questions and able to explain complicated ideas to someone who isn’t very well versed in the field.

I really hope we can stop with all this anti-philosophy stuff from scientists. Just like they hate people who don’t understand their fields of study spouting off about it, they really should not do the same thing in fields that they aren’t well-versed in. And they should take a position of more intellectual humility involving fields in which they have no expertise.

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