What is the matter with our philosophical traditions?

Western Culture has a strong and ongoing tradition of philosophy. It is a strong tradition here as it is in almost all civilizations.

We have countless books discussing issues like truth, knowledge, metaphysics and morality. People are working on it. Why should we not simply wait, study more of the tradition, and trust that the tradition will eventually come to the correct conclusions?

Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Traditional philosophy has come to no firm conclusions.
  • It cannot explain why. And it is not only that philosophers are not on the same page, they do not know why they are not on the same page.
  • "Reason," the venerated method of philosophy is both useless and inconclusive. Philosophers do not change their minds when their argument is refuted, or when an argument arrives at an opposing conclusion. They usually change their arguments.
  • The various ways of thinking are not "stackable." I admire both the Heidegger of Being and Time and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. But how to they fit together?
  • Traditional philosophy gets lost in itself. Philosophers usually make the discussion more, rather than less, complicated.
  • Philosophers have failed to question the limitations, and, equally, the delusions, of words.
Sometimes it appears their whole profession is to disagree with one another.

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