. . . I agree with [the author of Liberty Corner] that Leiter's 'easy' questions are not at all easy. But I am puzzled by what [he] says about the 'hard' questions:A perusal of Maverick's blog reveals that he is anything but an intellectual pornographer or pseudo-intellectual. I withdraw my general condemnation of philosophical inquiry, except as it applies to noxious weasels of Leiter's ilk.
Leiter's "hard" questions are nothing more than the kind of intellectual pornography that stimulates professional academics and pseudo-intellectuals to engage in endless, meaningless bouts of mutual, mental masturbation.
What say you, MP commenters? Am I an intellectual pornographer? A pseudo-intellectual? Our debates are some of them endless, but are they meaningless? Social, political and economic debates are also endless; are they meaningless for that reason? Is it all just a circle-jerk of the mind?Brian Leiter once called me a "noxious mediocrity." Better that than an intellectual pornographer.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Maverick Philosopher notes this this post of mine about Brian Leiter: