From Johnny Stork on Google +
“What is The Role of a Philosopher Today?
“It is interesting to note that some fishes find it easier to swim against the current. A trout, for example, is known to use the turbulence in the water and bounce off the eddies to propel itself forward. Salmon and tuna, on the other hand, prefer to go with the flow. There are others like pufferfish, which avoid the rough waters altogether and limit themselves to serene and sheltered lagoons. The present condition of most professional philosophers resembles those of the pufferfish, at least in the Indian subcontinent. Their activities and interventions take place in their “sheltered lagoons”, mostly limited to the university departments where they teach courses with cryptic jargon like “epistemology” and “metaphysics” in their titles, which continue to remain incomprehensible to those outside the university walls. Yet, there has been no dearth of scorn for their vocation today.”
“There are two reasons for this. The first is that philosophy, as an academic discipline, suffers from carrying an identity that is perceived to have negligible utility for today’s world. The second concerns a specific contemporary sentiment that believes we are all “thinking” beings, and hence philosophers. Any deep conversation has become “philosophical”. The world doesn’t need more philosophers, but scientists, CEOs and development professionals. After all, what pressing problem is the philosopher solving?”