Re: Stephen Rose
Is it possible to advance philosophy today? To do so, one would have to use terms that appear to have evolved in different disciplines to a point where dialog is almost impossible, even when desired.
I suppose that would depend on one’s definition of philosophy, one’s definition of advance, and one’s definition of possible. Now there’s a fearsome threesome if ever I saw one!
I believe it is possible to advance the state of logic, mathematics, and science, not just in theory but also in practice. And Peirce’s hints, ideas, and methods open up so many directions of exploration that I constantly wonder at the fact that all of them remain barely touched even today. If part of philosophy’s task is to bring about critical reflection on the state of logic, mathematics, and science, among other things, then I can’t help but to charge it with falling down on the job for failing to nudge these other arts further along.