Category Archives: Metaphilosophy

What is so special about Jungian Typology?

Jungian typology has become popular worldwide. Especially with the development of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). However it’s reputation among academics is not very good. One common reason for disapproval is its lack of scientific evidence. As I’ve argued in earlier … Continue reading

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Philosophy, dialogue and interest for the ordinary

Wittgenstein once said “A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring”. I do sense that there is something in it. It is the discussion that brings philosophy to life. … Continue reading

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A philosopher’s guide to Pierre Bourdieu

Some would perhaps call Pierre Bourdieu more of an anti-philosopher than a philosopher. I want to claim that Bourdieu was a philosopher, and stress Bourdieu’s role within philosophy. It is true that Bourdieu strongly criticized academic philosophy, but Bourdieu also … Continue reading

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Sartre’s “total intellectual” vs. Bourdieu’s “collective intellectual”, and the philosophers role

Pierre Bourdieu argued that it is overestimated what one lone intellectual can do to improve the society, while it is underestimated what many intellectuals can do together. Bourdieu criticized the Sartrean “total intellectual”, and spoke in favor of a “collective … Continue reading

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“Don’t think, but look!” – The most common misconception about Wittgenstein?

Introduction Ludwig Wittgenstein writes in his Philosophical Investigations “Don’t think, but look!” (PI 66), which (in line with Jung) implies “Don’t judge, but perceive!”. The most common misconception about Wittgenstein could perhaps be described like this; people assume he’s making … Continue reading

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Bourdieu and academical philosophy

Pierre Bourdieu studied philosophy early in his academic career (wrote his thesis on Leibniz), but later on “converted” into a sociologist when he went to Algeria and undertook empirical sociological research. In a sense Bourdieu was to value the ‘concrete’ … Continue reading

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Rorty and the game of philosophy

In an article entitled “Recent Metaphilosophy”, Richard Rorty starts off by presenting an “inconsistent triad of philosophy”, and then continues by reviewing two books on metaphilosophy by Everett W. Hall and Henry W. Johnstone Jr. Some issues brought up here … Continue reading

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