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VoiceOfRa 24 September 2015 08:21 PM
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Principal humanities, such as literature and art


I was thinking of things more along the lines of history and philosophy.


However, is there a reason to think that withdrawing government funding or even abolishing the faculties altogether would have hurt these fields?


If their state is as bad as in the west, certainly not.


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melian 25 September 2015 07:41 AM
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I was thinking of things more along the lines of history and philosophy.

History and philosophy are less obvious cases. Some of the historians whose works I appreciate were college professors. Still, Im not convinced that government funding increased the number of historians or philosophers worthy of notice (even before the culture of political correctness).

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


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VoiceOfRa 25 September 2015 05:31 PM
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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.


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melian 26 September 2015 05:36 PM
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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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Fwiffo 27 September 2015 02:34 PM
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It is one thing to have your theory tested out in the field.

It is another thing to get people seriously interested in an area of interest. For example Wittgestein inspired many that didn't not exactly continue his paradigm.

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melian 29 September 2015 02:59 PM
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Do you mean that Marx inspired people to make revolutions or build social utopias?

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Fwiffo 30 September 2015 07:29 AM
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People took class relations seriously. Did Nash inspire people with his equilibrium theorems make financial crashes?

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