Common Misconceptions about Philosophy


Wikipedia has a page dedicated to common misconceptions (via Kottke). While the page has sections for history, math, science, and food (among other things), there is no section for common misconceptions about philosophy. Might I suggest we create a list for one? I’ll start:

1. There are no common misconceptions about philosophy.

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James Camien McGuiggan
James Camien McGuiggan
6 years ago

2. Only when the dusk starts to fall does the owl of Minerva spread its wings and fly.Report

Grad Student
Grad Student
6 years ago

“Philosophy is just, like, your opinion, man”Report

dikaioslin
Reply to  Grad Student
6 years ago

reminds me of this old joke: http://consc.net/misc/univ-joke.htmlReport

Jerry Dworkin
Jerry Dworkin
6 years ago

1) Almost all Common Conceptions about Philosophy
2) An exception to (1). A taxi driver once said to me: Philosophy is sort of like Dermatology. It doesn’t do a lot of good; on the other hand it is usually not harmful.Report

unon
unon
6 years ago

Metaphysics concerns the energies of crystals, stones, and pyramids.Report

Doge
Doge
6 years ago

C: C is a common misconception about philosophy.Report

Anon
Anon
6 years ago

People still do philosophy.Report

justinrweinberg
Reply to  Anon
6 years ago

That’s a misconception, is it?Report

Carl B. Sachs
6 years ago

Misconception: every philosopher is either a failed scientist or a failed artist.

(This is a misconception because it omits those who are both.)Report

Anon
Anon
Reply to  Carl B. Sachs
6 years ago

But it doesn’t.Report

Dave Estlund
Dave Estlund
6 years ago

Philosophy is the study of philosophers.Report

Tom Cochrane
6 years ago

philosophy is mostly concerned with ‘why?’ questions rather than ‘what?’ questions.Report

Dan
Dan
6 years ago

To my mind, the most important misconception about philosophy is that it is not really a subject that requires years of education and practice in a specific field (philosophy) to do well. Not every non-philosopher thinks this, but one comes across many academics who do, and this has pernicious effects on grant funding, the provision of job searches, etc.Report

a philosopher
a philosopher
6 years ago

Every philosopher has their own philosophy.

Implied by question: “Oh, you’re a philosopher. So, what’s your philosophy?”Report