Books The Art of Beautiful Arguments
posted by August 18 at 16:25 PMon
To end a conversation I had yesterday with a close friend in Vancouver BC:
In the way consciousness is no longer a matter for philosophy but for neural science, aesthetics (a discipline established by philosophy and continued by criticism) must be turned over to relevant inquiries in the brain sciences. And this tendency or direction is general. Linguistics is being replaced by evolutionary linguistics (Noam Chomsky is now exposed as nothing more than a philosopher, and the only area philosophy has any value left is in politics), literary criticism (from the Russian formalists to reception theory) must turn over its academic power to literary Darwinism and other emerging forms of theory that are grounded in the testing and retesting of material processes (Marxism can survive this cultural transition if it fully replaces Hegel with Darwin—and not the vulgar Darwin, the Darwin molded by his moment and class situation, but the Darwin elaborated and de-industrialized by Mendel). The end of this movement from speculation to science will be the end of doxa, the noise of opinions. And the future of philosophy will be to do what it has always done: ask good questions (that can be verified by science—for example, the questions raised by Spinoza are resolved by Damásio) and entertain us with beautiful arguments. The Republic is one beautiful argument.