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Still, Im not convinced that government funding increased the number of historians or philosophers worthy of notice (even before the culture of political correctness).


Frankly, one could say the same thing about STEM fields.


Concerning the importance of philosophy do you think that our civilization would be noticeably different if Kant or Schopenhauer has never been born?


Yes, very different (though not necessarily better). Consider replacing those philosophers with Locke and Marx, to make it even more obvious.






Consider replacing those philosophers with Locke and Marx, to make it even more obvious.

I suspect the personal impact of Marx is overestimated. Political leaders in officially Marxist states almost never based their policies on his theories. Later period communist leaders may not have even read him. Had Russian or Chinese revolutionaries actually followed Marxist theories they would not even try to establish communist regimes in their countries.
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