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AGAINST PHILOSOPHY: WHY PHILOSOPHY GETS NO RESPECT; A TAXONOMY of philosophy & A REVIEW of the successes and failures of 20th Century academic philosophy & RECOMMENDATIONS for the educational re-engineering of academic philosophy departments. by Zak Van Straaten + + + abstract A. Many world class scientists make disparaging comments about academic philosophical output (e.g. Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize in Physics 1965; Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize in Physics 1979; Edward O. Wilson, one of the most eminent evolutionary biologists of the 20th Century) and give academic philosophy little or no respect. When we understand why we gain insight into the methodology and works of philosophers. To understand why we need a taxonomy of philosophy. We also need a taxonomy to be able to map out what might be a viable future for aspects of academic "philosophy". This paper provides such a taxonomy. B. All academic and non-academic philosophy can be classified into the following 5 categories: b.1 Philosophy as SPECULATIVE ANALYSIS (including; Philosophy as ALMOST SCIENTIFIC and philosophy as NORMATIVE) b.2 Philosophy as SPECULATIVE COMMENTARY (including philosophy as NORMATIVE) b.3 Philosophy as SPECULATIVE TRUTH GUIDING b.4 Philosophy as CONSILIENCE b.5 Philosophy as MYTHS, LEGENDS or APHORISMS which are NON-RATIONAL or RATIONAL C. With the practical TAXONOMY in hand we can evaluate the methodology and subject matter output of 20th Century philosophy in the five taxons into two classes; c.1 PHILOSOPHIES NOT WORTH DOING BY ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHERS in universities. c.2 "PHILOSOPHY" WHICH IS VALUABLE, BUT WHICH CANNOT BE PROPERLY Page 1 of 47
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DONE BY ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHERS. In this taxon are; TRUTH GUIDING; CONSILIENCE; NORMATIVE; RATIONAL MYTHS, LEGENDS or APHORISMS. D. I make some recommendations for the educational re-engineering of academic philosophy departments in considering the successor subjects to "old style" 20th Century PHILOSOPHY. I recommend that all major teaching and research universities set up new FACULTIES of CONSILIENCE. In the Faculty of CONSILIENCE there should be five kinds of subject matter taught. One is CONSILIENCE; a second is TRUTH GUIDING; a third is THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE; a fourth is THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE, and the fifth is the PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING of the HUMANITIES. Each of the successor subjects to "old style" PHILOSOPHY can more effectively do some of the work which philosophy departments used to attempt to do in the 20th Century. The new Faculties of CONSILIENCE and departments of HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY should be responsible for the task of educating each new generation of students to prevent cultural amnesia, and in so doing be part of the ongoing CONVERSATION of MANKIND. The new faculties and departments will be home to a class of intellectual capital creators and knowledge custodians who will produce works like those of E. O. Wilson (Consilience) David Deutsch (The fabric of Reality) , Steven Pinker (The Blank Slate), Daniel C. Dennett (Darwin's Dangerous Idea), Michael Ghiselin
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