Jump up and shout and say hallelujah if you are one of the myriad millions who care about the internecine academic battles between philosophy and the other humanities!
Okay, fine. Not as thrilling as March Madness. But here's the deal. Philosophy in the U.S. and England is, in general, quite isolated from the other humanities. We each think what the other does is BS. But we (that is, philosophers) are right.
It is quite sad, however, that there is very little dialogue between the disciplines. When other humanities folks rely on philosophers for support for their work, they tend to be philosophers not at all highly regarded within philosophy. Greater understanding might make everyone's work better.
Not only that, philosophers tend to lose out on humanities funding because it is awarded by people in other humanities. Also a shame.
Jason Stanley has a nice defense of the purpose of philosophy in today's world. Not exactly the one I'd write, but definitely worth a read and on the right track.
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