Philosophy in the Age of Neoliberalism

  title={Philosophy in the Age of Neoliberalism},
  author={Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle and James Britt Holbrook},
  journal={Social Epistemology},
  pages={311 - 330}
This essay argues that political, economic, and cultural developments have made the twentieth century disciplinary approach to philosophy unsustainable. It (a) discusses the reasons behind this unsustainability, which also affect the academy at large, (b) describes applied philosophy as an inadequate theoretical reaction to contemporary societal pressures, and (c) proposes a dedisciplined and interstitial approach—“field philosophy”—as a better response to the challenges facing the twenty-first… 

Philosophy dedisciplined

It is argued that disciplinary philosophy represents an aberration compared to the main tradition of two thousand years of Western philosophy, and that dedisciplining philosophy requires attention to be paid to the linked institutional and theoretical elements of philosophy.

The consequences of liberal modernity: Explaining and resisting neoliberalism through Alasdair MacIntyre

Neoliberalism, in various ways, is radically new. It is nevertheless constructed from the conditions of liberal modernity, the inadequacies of which are crucial to neoliberal success. Liberalism in

Refutation of neoliberal educational policies based on Millian principles

This article attempts to start an in-depth consideration and analysis of modern neoliberal education policy through its philosophical roots. To achieve this, the article considers the ideology and

Omnivores and Synthesisers: Academic Philosophers as Interdisciplinary Specialists

I stipulate that an academic discipline is societally relevant insofar as it helps to resolve a society’s real problems. What makes such a view correct depends on meta-normative views. I show how

Hegemonic Change and the Role of the Intellectual in Atlas Shrugged: A Gramscian Study

ABSTRACT:This article focuses on the hegemonic shift portrayed by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged. The book focuses on the conflict between producers and those who exploit them. The protagonist, John

Philosophy Disturbed: reflections on moving between field and philosophy

  • M. Bastian
  • Philosophy
    Field Philosophy and Other Experiments
  • 2018
For philosophers interested in the possibilities of the field, their work acts as an important guide to ways of experimenting with method, topic and approach. Yet, while emphasising the freedom one

A sociological analysis of ethical expertise: The case of bioethics

Abstract This paper examines the question of ethical expertise and does so in the context of bioethics or, more accurately, applied ethics and the ethical governance of the life sciences. This

Philosopher-as-liaison? Lessons from Sustainable Knowledge and American Philosophy

With the purpose of extending recent discussions on the need for— and barriers to—publicly engaged research and scholarship, this article links recent discussions emerging within interdisciplinary

In the Problem Field of Public Philosophy

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Knowledge kills action – why principles should play a limited role in policy-making

This essay argues that principles should play a limited role in policy-making. It first illustrates the dilemma of timely action in the face of uncertain unintended consequences. It then introduces




Philosophy is often conceived in the Anglophone world today as a subject that focuses on questions in particular ''core areas,'' pre-eminently epistemology and metaphysics. This article argues that

Doing good by splitting hairs? Analytic philosophy and applied ethics

This article explores the connections between analytic philosophy and applied ethics -- both historical and substantive. Historically speaking, applied ethics is a child of analytic philosophy. It

Establishing a Democratic Religion: Metaphysics and Democracy in the Debates Over the President's Commission on Higher Education

  • E. Schrum
  • Education
    History of Education Quarterly
  • 2007
World War II stands as a defining moment for American higher education. During the crisis of international relations that existed by the late 1930s, American thinkers of various stripes felt

Ethics and environmental policy : theory meets practice

In this collection of essays, leading environmentalists and philosophers explore the relationship between environmental ethics and policy, both in theory and practice. The first section of the book

On the Old Saw: That May be Right in Theory But It Won't Work in Practice

In this famous essay, first published in 1793, Kant considers the alleged conflict between theory and practice in the conduct of human affairs in three widening contexts: those of the common person

Beyond Basic and Applied

Science policy implements a social contract. In the US since World War II, this arrangement has amounted to society—through government—giving science both money and relative autonomy while, in

The End of the Great Bioethics Compromise

  • J. Moreno
  • Political Science
    The Hastings Center report
  • 2005
The ideological struggle that riled bioethics in the most recent election cycle has been latent in the field from the very beginning, and Leon Kass is one of a very few whose discourse continues to resemble that of the prophetic founders of the field.

Gradgrinding the Social Sciences: The Politics of Metrics of Political Science

This article employs an interpretive approach, and in the light of contributions to this symposium by Butler and McAllister, and McLean et al., holds that metrics of research ‘quality’ are socially

The New Production of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Science and Research in Contemporary Societies

In this provocative and broad-ranging work, a distinguished team of authors argues that the ways in which knowledge — scientific, social and cultural — is produced are undergoing fundamental changes

Experimental philosophy.

The present review focuses on research in experimental philosophy on four central questions: why is it that people's moral judgments appear to influence their intuitions about seemingly nonmoral questions, do people think that moral questions have objective answers, and do people see morality as fundamentally relative.