Empty Ideas

The April issue of The Philosophers’ Magazine is now published. It contains an interesting piece by Peter Unger (you can read it here), who argues that contemporary philosophy consists in little more than empty ideas. By this he means that philosophers no longer make substantial claims about concrete reality, no longer debate assertions that say the world is one way rather than some other way. The greats argued for and against dualism, materialism, even idealism, but we’re reduced, lately, to bickering with Kripke about the origins of tables. If you ask me, I think Kripke was right to resign over allegations that he faked many of his thought experiments. But before you worry too much about that, have a look at the current issue of tpm.

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