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Comment author: bigjeff5 03 February 2011 11:29:09PM 1 point [-]

It just seems to me that philosophy itself, as a separate discipline, isn't particularly useful for anything outside of philosophy.

Perhaps that is a little clearer.

And actually I think I would be pretty good at philosophy - I love to argue, and often quite accidentally take absolutely useless positions. ;) (I'm kidding! Sort of.)

Comment author: Perplexed 04 February 2011 01:49:37AM 9 points [-]

Everytime a philosopher does something useful outside philosophy, they kick him out of the philosopher's guild, name a new scientific or mathematical discipline after him, and make him work for a living as a scientist or mathematician. (I'm kidding too! Sort of.)

The real reason to knock philosophy as a discipline is that when they finally do solve a problem, and the solution is actually useful (as with, believe-it-or-not, that black raven / red herring thing), most philosophers don't accept the solution, even though the solution is in use out there in the real world (if AI research counts as the real world).