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Popular Culture and Philosophy books do damage to Philosophy

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message 1: by Rob (new)

Rob Arp | 1 comments Some say that Popular Culture and Philosophy books actually do damage to the discipline of philosophy because they "dumb down" philosophical concepts. (There are other reasons, too.) What do you think?


message 2: by Wayne (new)

Wayne | 2 comments I'm not sure that any discipline can be damaged by making more information accessible. Physics does it in spades with television shows featuring scientists making colorful metaphors for very grand theories that involve a lot of mathematics and such. To really understand those theories, you would need to understand the math behind it. But rarely does the level of detail rise beyond the metaphor. Philosophy on the other hand is something that consciously or not, everyone does, so it does need a little more lifting beyond the metaphor. The Pop culture series does a good job of this.

I will note that its nice to have the debate sway on this end of the pendulum, as traditionally its always been, why is philosophy stuck in the ivory towers of academia.


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