[Wittrs] The Language Game of Professional Philosopher
han.geurdes at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 12:27:00 CDT 2012
But the ostensive definition of 'the professional philosopher' would do
nicely to Walter too I think. A points at B saying... this is a
professional philosopher. We watch and see a long white beard. In the
sequence we hear interesting questions from B about language and truth.
Then we give him money for showing a piece of his professional capacities.
This is the professional part. So?
What is a professional politician or greengrocer? We give them money to
their display of activities. In the pub I can be a politician but will not
get a free beer for my politics. I can sell vegetables from my garden but
am not a professional greengrocer.
I need to earn a living, support wife and kids, with the tricks that I
display and then I am called 'professional'.
Can someone be a professional amateur?
On 16 April 2012 19:11, Sean Wilson <whoooo26505 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> ... Yes Han. I agree. But that's not the issue we were discussing. You are
> quite correct that whether one labels a border case (or anyone) a
> "professional philosopher" or not says nothing about the value they
> contribute to human thinking, if any. I myself would find no need for the
> expression, except, perhaps, in a derogatory context -- or perhaps a purely
> administrative (and pedestrian) one.
> But that doesn't get at the issue. The issue I was trying to show Walter
> (unsuccessfully, as usual) was that one could observe the term with a sharp
> boundary or not. The lesson was hence: what Walter thought was a matter of
> "empirical truth," was merely a matter of the sense of the idea he
> preferred. Periodically -- about once a year -- I try to see if Walter's
> made any progress.
> But I agree with you that the the expression really doesn't do much,
> either way.
> Regards and thanks.
> Dr. Sean Wilson, Esq.
> Assistant Professor
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