PHILOSPHY IS DEAD (?)

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Why write philosophy if there is no philosophical culture? Our age could be labelled un-philosophical or even anti-philosophical, so what good can philosophy do? A definition of nihilistic culture could be a culture without philosophy.

            Stephen Hawking has said that philosophy is dead: which sounds like a provocation, but if we take it to be a mere description of the general situation then he is in essence right. However, if we place qualitative judgements on what Hawking said and interpret the phrase “philosophy is dead” to mean “philosophy has nothing to say about our reality because it speaks qualitatively rather than quantitatively about our reality and we no longer need to worry about the quality of our life,” then he is trapping himself in a paradox. Once Hawking himself starts to moralise he himself is talking unscientifically and philosophically. By moralising that philosophy is dead he is proving…

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