Philosophy Upside Down?
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Metaphilosophy LLC
Volume 44, Issue 5, pages 579–588, October 2013
How to Cite
Baumann, P. (2013), Philosophy Upside Down?. Metaphilosophy, 44: 579–588. doi: 10.1111/meta.12046
- Issue published online: 6 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2013
- applied philosophy;
- Philip Kitcher;
- reconstruction in philosophy;
Philip Kitcher recently argued for a reconstruction in philosophy. According to him, the contemporary mainstream of philosophy (in the English-speaking world, at least) has deteriorated into something that is of relevance only to a few specialists who communicate with each other in a language nobody else understands. Kitcher proposes to reconstruct philosophy along two axes: a knowledge axis (with a focus on the sciences) and a value axis. The present article discusses Kitcher's diagnosis as well as his proposal of a therapy. It argues that there are problems with both, and it ends with an alternative view of what some core problems of the profession currently are.