Are you thinking about writing about the state of philosophy today?
If so, please keep in mind the following facts:
Philosophy Is Not In Charge of Itself
Philosophy at its most influential is still just one of many possible things that influence anything happening in the world, and the world includes philosophy. Thus, philosophy is just one of many possible influences on philosophy. (Other influences include: economics, technology, business, science, culture, geopolitics, human psychology, entertainment, literacy, biology, etc.) This means that not everything that is happening in philosophy is the result of the actions of philosophers and philosophy’s institutions, or is owed to the content of philosophical works. Explanations of what is happening in philosophy that refer only to philosophy or philosophers are going to be incomplete at best, possibly completely mistaken.
Philosophy Is Growing
There are more types of philosophy, on a greater number of topics, in a wider variety of media and formats, created by more kinds of people, for a much broader audience, than ever before in the history of humankind.
“Noticeable” Is Not The Same As “Representative”
What one notices is a function of a variety of factors, and commonality is usually not among them. Rather, we’re inclined to notice things on the basis of difference (contrast with the usual), direction (what we’re told to attend to by existing influences on us), interest (what we already care about), and noisiness (the efforts made by someone to get us to notice them or something they care about). So one should be very careful about making generalizations about something based on what one notices about that thing. (See availability heuristic.)
Readers, do you have other facts to add to this list?