Herman Cappelen's Inaugural Lecture
Professor Herman Cappelen will be giving his inaugural lecture on November 20th. The lecture is open to the general public.
The Supremacy of Philosophy: On progress and disagreement in philosophy and beyond
This talk is about the progress in philosophy and why there is widespread disagreement among philosophers. I argue for the following theses:
Philosophy has made massive progress: i.e., philosophers have found the answers to some of the most important questions humans can ask themselves.
Lack of convergence among philosophers is not a negative.
Lack of convergence is a good thing
The Supremacy of Philosophy
The massive progress of philosophy, combined with the constructive lack of convergence, is evidence of the supremacy of philosophy over other intellectual disciplines - i.e., it is intellectually consistent and honest in a way no other discipline is.