Steve Patterson: Against Academia | WSB #25

January 30, 2018

Is academia the best place to do philosophy?

Independent philosopher Steve Patterson became disillusioned with academia during his time in college and has since decided to pursue philosophy full time outside the academy. He doesn't mince words when it comes to his views on academic philosophy. For Steve, the university system is perverted by poor incentives, which has resulted in badly written, dogmatic work on irrelevant subject matter with unexamined premises. After recounting his journey to becoming an independent philosopher (which starts with discovering the Santa lie), he lays out his arguments against academia, citing economics, "fandom", false axioms, religiosity, and arguing over strands of leaves without first settling on the trunk of the philosophical tree.

Next week: Steve Patterson: Certainty and Logic

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Sources:
What's the Big Deal about Bitcoin? by Steve Patterson
Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge by Steve Patterson

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