Monthly Archives: November 2011

Philosophy outside the academy

I took part in a panel discussion of philosophy in the wider world, as part of the 15th British Postgraduate Philosophy Association’s Annual Conference.  There are images and a recording of the discussion here.  I think I said something about philosophy or anyway the humanities being required for a properly functioning democracy.  Almost certainly, the most interesting person on the panel was Jonathan Ree, who argued that being in an academic setting is the worst place to find yourself as a philosopher.  If you have an academic job, you’ve got no time to think.  He enjoys nothing better than resigning from things, and he wasn’t kidding.  You could see it in his eyes.


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