While doing metaphilosophy, one can come across some rather hostile attitudes. This is particularly true if one dares to consider such questions as how is, can, or even should philosophy be practiced. Some say that such methodological considerations are a non-starter since philosophy, by its very nature, should not have any constraints. Philosophy is about bringing to light unarticulated presuppositions and then transcending them. It is the ultimate “meta” discipline, and attempts to curtail it will just end up severing it.
Such attitudes are understandable, yet they miss something important. It is true that taking any particular methodological restriction as given will curtail philosophy, but having some methodology at all does not. This is because you cannot properly do philosophy without doing it somehow. Philosophising is an activity after all.
To be precise, you can philosophise without a methodology, but it will quickly turn into something trivial. If…
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