Omnivores and Synthesisers: Academic Philosophers as Interdisciplinary Specialists

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Abstract

I stipulate that an academic discipline is societally relevant insofar as it helps to resolve a society’s real problems. What makes such a view correct depends on meta-normative views. I show how one’s meta-normative view significantly determines the likelihood that disciplinary philosophy is of societal relevance. On normative non-naturalism, normative naturalism, and normative scepticism, the societal relevance of philosophy is in doubt. I then argue that philosophers should aim for two remedies. They should be omnivores and synthesisers, aiming for empirically sound knowledge and interdisciplinary integration to achieve societal relevance independently of the correct meta-normative view.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy in the Age of Science?
Subtitle of host publicationInquiries Into Philosophical Progress, Method, and Societal Relevance
EditorsMichael Klenk, Julia hermann, Jeroen Hopster, Wouter Kalf
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
Pages173-194
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5381-4284-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-5381-4282-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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