The Right Coast

September 30, 2005
 
Philosophers as Logicians
By Mike Rappaport

Is this claim by the Anal Philosopher entirely correct, mostly correct or mostly mistaken?

There is a disturbing tendency among philosophers to think that their technical training—we're nothing more than logicians—qualifies them to speak with authority on every issue. In fact, the contribution of philosophy to public affairs is quite small, which is why few laypeople can name even one living philosopher.