The history of garbage is scholarship

by Massimo Pigliucci “Philosophy is garbage, but the history of garbage is scholarship,” said Harvard philosopher Burton Dreben, as quoted by Dan Dennett in chapter 76 of his often delightful and sometimes irritating Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking [1]. One could reasonably wonder why a famous philosopher approvingly quotes another famous philosopher who … Continue reading The history of garbage is scholarship

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Scientia Salon: a manifesto for 21st century intellectualism

by Massimo Pigliucci During the Enlightenment, the Marquis de Condorcet defined a public intellectual as someone devoted to “the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them.” A number of years later, on 13 January 1898 to be precise, the … Continue reading Scientia Salon: a manifesto for 21st century intellectualism