Colin McGinn wants to drop the word “philosophy”

March 5, 2012

In favor of the word “ontics,” HERE.

Perhaps the key passage:

“Our current name is harmful because it posits a big gap between the sciences and philosophy; we do something that is not a science. Thus we do not share in the intellectual prestige associated with that thoroughly modern word. We are accordingly not covered by the media that cover the sciences, and what we do remains a mystery to most people. But it is really quite clear that academic philosophy is a science.”

No, philosophy is not a science, and that is why I will continue to use the word and not use “ontics” or anything else of the sort.


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