Yes it is dead, because there is no there there. When I look at the arguments that claim that philosophy is not dead, I see nothing but strings of words, with what I believe to be the key words, having no meaning.
Go. Look up what existence means. About 5000 words on wikipedia of mostly conflicting verbiage, including such ambiguous terms as reality. Are conspiracies real? Is god real? Is my reality different from your reality?
Some statements are simply demonstrably false. For example
" Stating philosophy is dead would be stating people no longer wonder about life and their place in the universe." Yet Stephen Hawking, stated that philosophy is dead, and to the best of my knowledge he continues to wonder about life, and probably about his place in the universe.
And this statement: " Those who discount philosophy are potentially destined to relive those truths told by philosophers, and therefore face the chance of repeating mistakes already made. "
Here we see the use of the word truth, which has exactly zero meaning outside of logic and math. And exactly which mistake in the past 2000 years has not been repeated over and over again. The only mistakes that are not repeated are those having to do with actual measurable science.
I could go on with more examples. Philosophy serves no purpose except to perpetuate itself in the church of philosophy and generate PhD's to perpetuate the ideas of their teachers. It has solved no problems in the past 1500 years, and it has been responsible for nothing useful. It causes nothing to be invented or made. It improves the lives only of the residents of the church of philosophy, and is incapable of even seeing original thought that might be considered philosophy since that original thought comes from outside of the church of philosophy. The two writers who could might be considered philosophers and have sold more books than all other modern philosophers combined are Pirsig and Eric Hoffer, and they are not on any list of philosophers.
Not only is philosophy dead, but I am in the process of making the stake that I will drive through its undead heart. See xfoolnature.Org TOE
Without actually going out to observe things, that is doing science, you will never be able to get any answers. The only thing philosophy can do is clarify concepts, but that is a part of every subject and doesn't need to be its own discipline. With out observation philosophy is just building castles in the air.
I don't think philosophy is dead but I think it may be dying by becoming less and less relevant as a means of discovering truth. In a pre-scientific age, speculation (logical or illogical) was the only way for humans to try and make sense of the world and of the cosmos. The question of whether or not humans have FREE WILL, for example, has been debated by philosophers for centuries. But science will almost certainly provide the ultimate answer to that question as we come to understand how the brain actually works (don't kid yourself, we are just now starting to scratch the surface of how the brain works).
Nothing but science can really answer to serious questions. The only place philosophy can be somehow helpful is in some specific scientific problems. (as an useful tool) ... Or in some problems that humanity still don't have any scientific explanation for, like some problems about human psychology, or something science didn't explored yet (you may call it meta-physics or similar things, IMAO there is no "meta" for physics)
The ultimate truth is that there is no ultimate truth. The belief that God created the cosmos is logical but will never be scientific. The belief that a godless cosmos was magically born from absolutely nothing regarding all realms of time and space is both illogical and forever unscientific. The belief that a godless cosmos was never born but rather always existed in one shape or another is illogical and forever unscientific. Of the 3 possibilities, only the one involving God is logical.
Folks there is Nothing wrong with philosophy.
In facts, nothing with with Humanities, language. Arts literature. It just happens to be All Free free free.
1. Free pass to Free free free public library.
2. Free Webpages on internet. Tim Lee gave away Web (WWW) for free to free world. All people can have Free free free webpages for free free free.
3. Starbucks University. One can talk all day/all night about philosophy at Starbucks and NOT pay a single dollar.
4. YES. NO. All colleges does is sell admit ticket to class. Like Beatles/Elvis/Music, one one video a philosophy class/post on web and world can see it for free free free.
Folks, nothing wrong with philosophy, it just happens to be FREE FREE FREE. NOT A SINGLE DOLLAR NEEDED.
Today we can only have philosophical exercises on matters that science have not yet made clear. The idea that new theories or hypothesis to understand our existence, our brain or the universe in which we live belong to philosophy is misleading and false. Philosophy looks for explanations but do not try to demonstrate them. As Heidegger considered last century, philosophy has derived in more tangible sciences. If not dead, it is slowly vanishing as we get real (or at least less fantastic) knowledge.
I didn't know where to post this option, but I think philosophy as an academic informative field is really dead. Its original purpose does no longer exist. But it may be now as the field of history or literature. Are history and literature dead?? No they aren't of course and being uninformative fields, from the perspective of science, doesn't mean that they are useless or "dead"
From another viewpoint, philosophical issues are still there and they will be still there but they just don't need to be specialized in a field called philosophy. In this sense philosophy is already dead and, in the same time, life is teeming with philosophy and philosophers ! Even the discussion of whether philosophy is dead or not is a philosophical discussion which imply that philosophy is not dead to the extent that the opponents of the dead philosophy allege. But, again, as an informative academic field with its original purpose philosophy has nothing to afford.
Philosophy and some other related fields have been subsumed by physics in explaining the nature of existence. Even logic is basically maths. And maths explains the world around us in ways where philosophy ceases to exist - such at the conditions of the "early" universe where even the cause-effect construct becomes meaningless. Philosophy is not a real way to look at the universe around us because there are assumptions in philosophy (such as cause and effect) that just become irrelevant when explaining how the universe works and the very origins of its existence.
Yes, he uses Aristoteles and Socrates to make his point, but we must remember that those were more of what we now call SCIENTISTS. They tries to find logical explanations to things (and that is what philosophy should do actually), instead of doing what Philosophy is nos. Philosophers now a days do nothing more that propose unreasonable questions that don't have, and will never have answers. Why lose precious time thinking about stupid existencial questions when you can turn to science and find all the logical answers theres? Philosophy is dead.
Stephen Hawking makes use of basic Socratic and Aristotelean axioms that guide his arguments to come to the conclusion that philosophy is dead. That in of itself is a contradiction of his conclusion. That would be like asserting that art is dead through the use of painting. He, Stephen Hawking, takes given premises that he knows are true, some assumptions that he
Furthermore, the scientific method and the idea that drives science to produce reliable results is derived from philosophical endeavour surrounding the field of the philosophy of science. Without ideas pertaining to empiricism, the scientific method, and especially falsifiability, science would divulge into meaningless observation of phenomena that can't be corroborated into cogent ideas without philosophy to work as a base.
Furthermore, Philosophy's questions have often been seen as unanswerable. Well Physics has questions that have often been claimed as unanswerable, but we strive to do so anyways. To say that it is futile to stop thinking or reflecting on philosophical quandaries is to open up the possibility that physics and other sciences are "done" because we've pretty much got it down. Pretty soon, another Einstein will pop out of nowhere to show us that it (physics and philosophy) is far from done.
Lastly, Science is an empirical subject, meaning that it is based on using observation to falsify knowledge claims (theories) and continue to falsify them until a certain limitation has been reached as far experimentation goes. In this way, it creates a set of conclusions that can't be unproven, so they are treated as if fact. It's very good at determining processes of reality. What Science isn't so good at is inventing things of its own volition. Due to its very nature, coming to conclusions through deductive means without observation and through reason alone is unscientific, and that's exactly what law, economics (sometimes), political science and philosophy do. One cannot create systems of governance because that entails Science making decisions of its own volition, which it cannot do.
Perhaps Hawkings' is describing certain modes of philosophy as dead. Well that's true, but such a statement is like saying that classical mechanics is dead because it cannot be furthered and has been superseded by our understanding of quantum mechanics and the standard model. Philosophy has its developments also, and I feel that Hawkings' misunderstanding of what exactly philosophy is or does has led him to come to such a conclusion.
And with emotion comes experience and this perception of life. "...Hawking [identifies] himself as “a realist in the sense that [he thinks] there is a universe out there waiting to be investigated and understood” but then proceeds to say that “physics is just a mathematical model that we use to describe the results of observations… Beyond that, it makes no sense to ask if it corresponds to reality, because we do not know what reality is independent of a theory” (Hawking 1994: 38)." (Jakusic). Even though science can and will explain life, thought, and the universe, there is still no immediate connection with these theories and to our own reality. Telling one love is merely an electric connection in the brain does not stop one from the feeling. Science also does not tell how love is to be understood and why not all love is the same. So while theories, and scientific predictions, analysis, and study should always be conducted as I do believe it is "truth" if there is truth to find, I believe philosophy will not die with such discoveries. Human beings interpret and understand through emotion, wonder, and instantaneous experience rather than mathematical equations.
A world without ethics, is a world in which everything doable can be done. A world in which everything doable can be done, is a world without duties or rights, only capabilities. A world with only capabilities is a world with amazement and history told by the victorious but little meaning. It is a world reminiscent of stone age. I do not want to be thrown back to stone age. Therefore, we need philosophy.
Philosophy will never die while we can get away with it.
While someone somewhere can earn a living considering , handling abstract concepts - and yes, even talking out of their ass at times . Philosophy will live.
This is a good thing - it may be ill conceived and have appalling consequences at times. It may even spell disaster and cause war ; be used in manipulative ways by those who hold the power or be used in the opposite way , to initiate a shift in the balance of power.
Philosophy can take the long view and that's a luxury insects can't afford.
Can right and wrong no longer be debated? Are there absolutes? What defines science? All these are philosophical questions. What science can not establish, must be grappled with philosophically. Does the universe have an end? Science (scientific method) could never prove that the universe does or doesn't end somewhere. The most valid argument, in most people's opinion, is that the universe doesn't end, because if it did, what would be on the other side? Yet this is a philosophical argument not a scientific one. Taking it one step farther some things cannot be established by science nor do they have a valid philosophical argument and are generally accepted by faith, for example uniformity of nature.
No, philosophy is not dead, because many people still like to talk about philosophy. As long as there are humans on the earth, people will want to think about why we are here, and what we are meant to accomplish on earth. This has not changed in modern day. Philosophy is still a popular course in college.
Recently, Stephen Hawking caught the attention when he stated, in his Grand Design, that philosophy is dead. But he is actually doing some philosophy itself, and he is advocating certain philosophical positions. I wonder if he really has a good grasp on philosophy to state that it is dead. Is he really aware of what has been going on in philosophy?
People still believe in religion myths that contradict with scientific facts as long they exist philosophy will.
As for me Philosophy actually is my hobby as I am studying computer science and german language something might not be related, but since i started i had a wider image of life. The word death of philosophy makes me feel sad , because some other things in life should die first
Perhaps, we live because of philosophy, and still searching for the reality of a 'true self', the universe, and the relationship of Beings to the other beings. As long as we think, philosophy is still alive and will never be dead. Philosophy is the reality of all undiscovered and discovered things.
No, I do not believe that philosophy is dead, since it is still widely taught in post-secondary institutions, and even some of these institutions allow students to major in it. I think that philosophy is also in many textbooks, and forms the basis of many liberal arts classes, which keeps it alive and thriving.