New Philosophy

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This new philosophy is primarily a method for doing philosophy. It is intended to structure interactions between philosophers as well as the production of philosophy itself. It might be called a meta-method: a method for developing any kind of philosophy or specific philosophical method.

This new philosophy is structured into three levels, reminiscent of a political state.

Level 1 is the level of the individual. This is usualy a blog (or any other type of public means of communicating your actions and ideas) kept by the individual and commented upon by others.

Level 2 is the level of specific communities. It is usually structured around a wiki and its attendant discussion forums (or any other means of composing a 'text' as a group). Here people with similar interests (in a specific type of philosophy, or current, say epistemology or virtue ethics) tegether compose a philosophical expose of their ideas. It is usually the members of the level 2 community that comment upon blogs at level 1.

Level 3 is the last, meta level. It is also a wiki. Here the very structure of the new philosophy is discussed, modified and extended. This wiki is a Level 3 wiki. All members of any level 2 community might participate in doing philosophy at the level 3.

Each level can be divided into three ways of philosophizing. First there are relections on method; second, come substantive reflections where a specific theory is developed. Third, there is an optional explanation of the theory/method carried out in any philosophical language (in order to explain to Kantians or Habermasians what we are doing).

The new philosophy has a few general goals and distinctive features:

1. the method consists primarily in a critical stance towards itself. The method is to improve the method, which means that no part of this or any wiki is untoucheable (even this sentence might be suspended with respect to specific areas over specific periods of time).

2. the doing of the philosophy is communal. People maintain their own blogs, but all higher-level writing is a community effort.

3. the philosophy strives as much as possible to maintain a close link between theory and practice inasmuch as (a) level 3 theory simply describes a practice of modifying this theory (b) doing level 2 philosophy creates community (c) level 1 philosophy (at least in ethics) consists in theorising about how to live a better life, the public theorising itself usually encouraging you along.

Method and Theory of the New Philosophy

Level 1 Philosophy

This is the primary level where most of the philosophising probably takes place. At this level each person organizes and shares his or her thoughts.

Level 2 Philosophy

Level 3 Philosophy

At level 3, Method and Theory are indistinguishable since level 3 theory is none other than the explanation of the self-critical method. Level 3 philosophy develops a general method for all level 2 and 1 philosophies, which in turn can expand and specify that method to suit their own purposes.



The New Philosophy provides a framework within which everything can be put into doubt, one thing at a time. The doubt, however, is expressed in the form of experiments that are intended to not only to doubt the validity of previous philosophical practices, but to find replacements for them.


The New Philosophy is obviously a take on Habermas' Communicatice Action, only that this CA is applied not (only) to the realm of politics and society but to the method of philosophy itself.


The New Philosophy is, of course, open source.


The New Philosophy is fundamentally critical, only instead of insisting upon a critical method by which to do philosophy, it goes one step further and devises a method that is critical even of itself.

Political Philosophy

The New Philsophy is indeed a 'politicization' of philosphy: is says in effect:"Philosphers have until now lived in theoretical anarchy, each looking out for his or her own theory while attempting to break down everyone else's constructions. Philosophy now needs to assume a more productive and civilized structure within which philosophers can work together to create better and more stable theories, within a philosophical state of law."


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