[FOM] principal aim of philosophy
friedman at math.ohio-state.edu
Mon May 5 22:02:06 EDT 2008
I offer a related thesis concerning Philosophy.
THESIS. The principal aim of Philosophy is the creation of new
powerful and productive intellectual structures. The principal
technique is that of reflective and responsive rigorous systemization.
A vast majority of novel intellectual structures are neither powerful
nor productive. Speaking for myself, in a given philosophical context,
I search for relevant intellectual structures - and in so doing, throw
away perhaps hundreds of variants for every one that I put forward.
What am I looking for with these candidate intellectual structures?
I am looking for a rigorous finding (or plausible rigorous conjecture)
that impacts the underlying philosophical context.
In general, this is a very strong requirement on an intellectual
structure, and so I must "scan" hundreds, looking for the right kind
of rigorous result. This kind of activity does require technical
experience and power.
Note that the principal aim of Philosophy is not being realized by
scientists, generally, as they are not generally sensitive to
philosophical contexts. MAJOR EXCEPTIONS: Einstein, Goedel.
Also note that the principal aim of Philosophy is not being realized
by philosophers, generally, as they do not generally have the required
technical experience and power. MAJOR EXCEPTIONS?
So, from a practical point of view, how should the intellectual
community proceed with regard to the principal aim of Philosophy?
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