Posted: Apr 28, 2013 12:22 am
by SpeedOfSound
epepke wrote:Honestly, I have to say that there is no point in trying to get at these definitions. No matter what you do, philosophers will glom onto a word and say, "Ha ha, you luser, you don't know that the School of Potatohead abandoned that approach in 1736. Nobody takes that seriously any more. The philosophy of Squigglehenny Norbrop is the only thing philosophers take seriously."

This is what philosophers do. It's what gets them fame, which they want because fortune isn't going to happen, and it lets them justify going to school without taking science courses, from professors who like to say, "The sciences are pieces of the pie, but philosophy, ah, noble philosophy, is the pie plate!" Then they completely fail to understand Special Relativity.

I like to divide philosophy into it's two flavors. Metaphysical garbage and philosophy.

But you are right. Some people have gotten full of themselves and over-reached their job description. Arguing all these great claims keeps them employed. Much like the guy who rights best seller self-help about some woo to happiness plan.