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Upon the Academic Philosopher Caught in the Fly-Bottle

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Philosophy as an academic discipline has grown into something highly specific. This raises the question whether alternatives are available within the academic world itself – what I call the Lutheran view – and outside of academia (with or without support from the inside) – what I call the Calvinist view. Since I defend the thesis that such alternatives partially exist and as yet non-existent possibilities could in principle be realised, the main question thus becomes what prevents us from acting appropriately. In honour of Paul Smeyers, the fitting metaphor has to be the Wittgensteinian fly-bottle.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Logic and Science-PhilosophyVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)BrusselsBelgium

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