Article: http://bit.ly/kRpkCf by Matt Warman in The Telegraph
Namesake conversation: http://bit.ly/mz1Z57
My comment on Quora:
Hawking Said: “Most of us don’t worry about these [fundamental ] questions most of the time. But almost all of us must sometimes wonder: Why are we here? Where do we come from? Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead,” he said. “Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.” Think it is true?
Hawking says that Philosophy is Dead, but we can see that it has a pulse, or at least Continental Philosophy still does, but perhaps he is right about Analytical Philosophy. I wonder if Continental Philosophy will catch the same life threatening disease that Analytical Philosophy has?
If we look at mentions of these two sister disciplines we can see that Analytical Philosophy is generally on the wane and Continental Philosophy is generally on the rise although it has dipped somewhat in recent years.
However, more to the point, mentions of Philosophers in general seems to be waning.
Thus it appears we are talking more about Continental Philosophy than we are engaging with the Philosophers of the tradition.
Even the core philosophers in the tradition are being mentioned less recently
And mention of more recent Continental philosophers seems to have peaked as well.
We can see that is true of all the most recent celebrities in this field as well so that it does look overall as if Philosophy is on the wane.
We note that it seems there is beginning a downward trend in the mention of major Analytical Philosophers as well.