Bob Frodeman and I have an essay out in Inside Higher Ed today. The basic claim is that Socrates, the ‘founder of the field,’ couldn’t land a job as a professional philosopher today. We think that’s a problem.
Here is an excerpt:
“Like Moliere’s Bourgeois Gentleman, who did not know that he had been speaking prose, philosophers seem innocent of the fact that they have been doing disciplinary philosophy, or that one might have reasons to object to this fact. And so even when their subject matter consists of something of real significance to the wider world, philosophers typically discuss the topic in a way that precludes the active interest of and involvement by non-philosophers.”