The Fragmentation of Philosophy, the Road to Reintegration

The always interesting and civilized Susan Haack.

“You don’t have an area” she asked, in the incredulous tone in which some people sometimes ask me, “you don’t have a cellphone?”

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I would urge, first, that philosophers and would-be philosophers heed Locke’s shrewd counsel: that, instead of reading only one kind of book and listening to only one kind of person, they “venture into the great ocean of knowledge”—that they read novels, newspapers, biographies, history books, journals beyond the very narrow scope of the Philosophers’ Index, philosophers long dead as well as their own contemporaries, etc., and that they listen to people in other areas in philosophy and in other disciplines and in other countries and, yes, outside the academy, too.