On Making Everything Boring

Florida Philosophical Review 11 (1):1-16 (2011)


Presidential Address for the 2011 meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association. A somewhat playful but also serious meditation on ways in which the philosophical impulse can be understood as an urge to demystify or render "boring." Topics include psychological peculiarities of philosophers, reflections on methods for teaching students at an introductory level, the contrast between science and philosophy, the sense in which philosophy may or may not begin in "wonder," and why we should value the process of taking the magic out of everything, ending with the declaration that it’s good to make everything boring—at least, in the specific sense here delineated.

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