It struck me as hilarious and showed how potentially ridiculous academic Philosophy (the discipline) has become. Are you wearing socks? Well, how in the hell do you know you believe you are wearing socks?
I myself never gave this much thought. I just put my socks on and moved onto, as it were, other more critical things, like eating breakfast, going to work and laughing at my own jokes (wink).
This used to be called epistemology, how we know what we know (and don’t know).
Unanswerable pointless questions philosophically. They clearly don’t have the tools for it. I think biology and neuroscience have moved in on this target most recently and cogently.
Oh, dear what will all those philosophy professors do now? Become greeters at Wal-Mart? They are on thin ice, I think.
The writing is on the wall for these guys, though how I believe I know that, well, I just I don’t know :).
Most people wonder at some point in their lives how well they know themselves. Self-knowledge seems a good thing to have, but hard to attain. To know yourself would be to know such things as your deepest thoughts, desires and emotions, your character traits, your values, what makes you happy and why you think and do the things you think and do. These are all examples of what might be called “substantial” self-knowledge, and there was a time when it would have been safe to assume that philosophy had plenty to say about the sources, extent and importance of self-knowledge in this sense.
Not any more. With few exceptions, philosophers of self-knowledge nowadays have other concerns. Here’s an example of the sort of thing philosophers worry about: suppose you are wearing socks and believe you are wearing socks. How do you know that that’s what you believe? Notice that the question isn’t: “How do you know you are wearing socks?” but rather “How do you know you believe you are wearing socks?” Knowledge of such beliefs is seen as a form of self-knowledge. Other popular examples of self-knowledge in the philosophical literature include knowing that you are in pain and knowing that you are thinking that water is wet…. [click below to read the rest]