Philosophers on Philosophy
Christopher Norris offers his diagnosis of academic philosophy’s current ailments, and prescribes a cure.
I would guess that Philosophy Now has two kinds of reader, broadly speaking. On the one hand are philosophy students and teachers; those with an academic or professional as well as an intense personal interest in the subject (one hopes). On the other hand are those informed lay persons, as they used to be called, who come to Philosophy Now for all sorts of reasons, but at least in part with the idea of finding out what’s currently going on amongst the academics. The chances are that they sometimes come away baffled by the sorts of obscure debate displayed by the professionals.
Of course there is a place for technical discussions in philosophy, as in any branch of enquiry that develops analytical techniques.