I’ve just been reading four or five assorted recent articles (as it happens, a bit away from my usual logical/phil. maths stamping ground: but sometimes I feel masochistic). They were tedious, unexciting, ephemeral stuff, on issues that is difficult to take very seriously, and all were about three times the necessary length. They were also all written by evidently very clever people, and were probably more or less right — or at the very least, the pieces made sane-seeming moves in the scholastic game — and they will give their respective authors brownie points for promotion. But I just couldn’t see the point. Maybe I’m not cut out for this philosophy malarky. But I’d rather say: they just illustrate how philosophy loses its way when it stops engaging with serious foundational issues in logic, mathematics and science. I’ve quoted Steve Stich here before, but it’s worth repeating what he wrote: “The idea that philosophy could be kept apart from the sciences would have been dismissed out of hand by most of the great philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries. But many contemporary philosophers believe they can practice their craft without knowing what is going on in the natural and social sciences. … The results of philosophy done in this way are typically sterile and often silly.” Indeed.