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Practical philosophy

20 08 10 - 07:03

A mash-up, based on the idea that philosophy should reflect reality, not our projected thoughts:

In the 20th century, something peculiar happened. Some people began to feel that philosophy should be understood as a highly specialized technical field that could be separated off from the rest of the intellectual world. So there was a growing sense that there could be a discipline of philosophy that simply ignored questions about how human beings actually think and feel and focused instead on questions that could be addressed ‘from the armchair.’ This period strikes me as an aberration, a major departure from the way in which philosophy has traditionally been understood.

I think that what we are seeing now, with the surge of interest in experimental philosophy, is best understood as a return to a more traditional understanding of what philosophy is all about. - NYT

After Sapir-Whorf, academia and philosophy became an obsessive analysis of our symbols. Not how we make logic, but how we symbolize it. As a result, they drifted further into navel-gazing. Now they're coming back.

Why, you might ask?

Because navel-gazing has caused this society to crater in oblivion.

The 20s are a black box, and there is a lot of churning in there. One-third of people in their 20s move to a new residence every year. Forty percent move back home with their parents at least once. They go through an average of seven jobs in their 20s, more job changes than in any other stretch. Two-thirds spend at least some time living with a romantic partner without being married. And marriage occurs later than ever. The median age at first marriage in the early 1970s, when the baby boomers were young, was 21 for women and 23 for men; by 2009 it had climbed to 26 for women and 28 for men, five years in a little more than a generation. - NYT

Rootless, clueless, fatalistic, apathetic, narcissistic, solipsistic, deracinated, pointless lives.

An increasing number of these single Americans -- more than 31 million -- are living alone, according to the census. They make up 27 percent of all households, up from 17 percent in 1970.

About 46 percent of all households nationwide are maintained by a single person. That adds up to 52 million singles.

More than half of the unmarried Americans are women. And for every 100 single women, there are 88 unmarried men available. - Pravda.us

We've lost faith in life itself. We only have ourselves and our material pleasures now.

It also takes faith, and considerable devotion, to believe that reality is worth knowing, and that it's therefore worth struggling to discover a coherent, unified theory of everything (which we certainly don't have now). Without those dogmas, "science" only names a compendium of sometimes useful techniques and partial hypotheses which we have no reason to expect to be coherent or of any more general interest than stamp collecting. The question must then be: what sort of universe must we think this is if those dogmas are to be believable? And the answer, perhaps, is that Christian theism provides a more plausible metaphysics than currently fashionable materialism. - NDPR

Or maybe, it doesn't require Christianity -- just the faith in life, which has two components:

(a) Belief that this is all for a purpose and striving toward that purpose
(b) Paying attention to reality instead of mental constructs that do not correspond at all to reality.

It's not rocket science.