Crispin Wright on the Value of Philosophy

One thing that I think is clear straight away is that, contrary to what one might first assume, philosophical process is a very large part of the value of philosophy. Suppose it became possible to program computers to take over most of the projects of philosophical research currently being pursued in academia, and to produce articles and books about the issues matching the standards of the better contemporary work. Few would feel, “Well good, we can leave all that to the machines now, and get on with other things”. The quality of its research products is of course an important component in the value of philosophy, but it is crucial that these products be attained by human beings, and strongly preferable that they be attained by a shared process in which there is conversation and mutual understanding of why what results results, of the conceptual pressures and constraints that shape it. It isn’t even true that a good product is a necessary condition of a good philosophical process: an excellent philosophical seminar does not need to result in a blueprint for a research paper.

~ by julia on September 5, 2011.

One Response to “Crispin Wright on the Value of Philosophy”

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