Reputational Cost of Public Philosophy?

Reputational Cost of Public Philosophy?


In his guest post the other day, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong wrote:

many top departments today view colleagues with suspicion when they choose to write accessible books instead of technical journal articles. Philosophers often risk their professional reputations when they appear on television or write for newspapers or magazines. How can they be serious about philosophy if they are willing to water down their views that much? Are they getting soft?

In a comment on that post, Jonathan Ichikawa asked whether this “sociological observation” is true, but the question did not get much discussion. It is certainly worth asking, though. Is it true, or just an academic myth?

(image: detail of “Abkhazian Viticultural Landscape on the Shore” by Adolf Hoffmeister)

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