**changed the title** “Philosophy of science is philosophy enough.” is a popular quote from Willard Van Orman Quine. His first name, Willard, was something that Paolo, a close friend of mine who recently passed away, called me in jest for months back then even though my first name stops at the second letter “l”. I think he got it from a movie and it came … Continue reading The Last Conservation with a Departed Friend Part 1: From Active Inference to Ethics
In the last installment of this series, I proposed that the rise of Scientism has been influenced by the abounding pseudo-philosophy out there. In this article, I have tasked myself to expound more on this claim and the concepts I used.
This is surely a touchy subject. This is what happens when the prefix pseudo is in front of recognized academic field. Also, one could easily dismiss an argument or an entire field by just using this appendage without actually doing the required work. Like most conceptual tools (and tangible tools) it can be used with skill, misused, or waved around like a man-baby without realizing it. Continue reading ““Philosophy is Outdated” Part II-A: Scientism and pseudo-philosophy”
The rise of Scientism owes much thanks to the insularists with their underestimation and overestimation of the discipline of philosophy. By having a distorted view of philosophy, they have misrepresented it to the scientists and the public at large. They have unwittingly created a straw man which philosophically-naive scientists throw serious jabs at thinking they have delivered real blows. Continue reading “Philosophy is Outdated” Part I-b: Nope, the insularists are. Quit emasculating philosophy.
There is no doubt that the philosophy has been influential in the “awakening” of humankind. From the murkiness of mythological interpretations came rational explanations and methods to evaluate propositions about the world and our place in it. This is what we owe to philosophy.