[ExI] living philosphers of import

Tomaz Kristan protokol2020 at gmail.com
Sun May 12 21:46:27 UTC 2013

Vernor Vinge. Raymond Kurzweil. Richard Dawkins - minus his
annoying militant atheism - (not that I am lesser atheist than him.).

What philosophy of the past can be nearly as important as VV with his
"Shortly after, human era will be over"? Or as RK with his "then we go with
the speed of light in all directions"?

None if they are right. Maybe it's not philosophy, but I don't care.

On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> On 12/05/2013 19:55, Mike Dougherty wrote:
>> On Sun, May 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:
>>> Hmm, take my comments with a grain of salt, since I am actually embedded
>>> in
>>> the field and know them (bias galore). Plus, to some extent, this will of
>>> course be philosophers I like:
>>>  I was going to say "Anders Sandberg" but wasn't sure if he considers
>> himself a philosopher or something more practical. :)
> I honestly don't know. My usual answer is "I just work here" :-)
> A real answer would be that I am a generalist, and calling me a
> philosopher is fairly close to the traditional role of a philosopher as
> somebody who investigates the borders of the knowable - the role
> philosophers had before the natural philosophers got their own department
> and were called scientists. (the same with the historians, economists,
> psychologists, sociologists and whatnot).
> But honestly, I am hardly a philosopher of import. (Besides being imported
> to the UK)
> --
> Anders Sandberg,
> Future of Humanity Institute
> Oxford Martin School
> Faculty of Philosophy
> Oxford University
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