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Why We Need Philosophers

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Today there are local elections in much of the UK and in three weeks’ time we will again (probably) go to the polls to vote in the European elections. We haven’t been very good at making political predictions on Think (well, when I say ‘we’ I mean ‘Andrew’) but it seems highly likely that the traditional parties will take a hammering in the euro elections. In my region of the South West we have the rather delicious clash of Ann Widdecombe running for the Brexit party and Rachel-sister-of-Boris Johnson running for Change UK. I’m sure they will both get a lot more votes than their Conservative and Labour opponents.

Finding level-headed analysis of the Brexit process is not easy. It can seem that for far too many people the elephant has jettisoned its rider and reasoned Brexit discussion is almost impossible. So I was glad to come across this interview with Tom Simpson, a former Royal Marine and now an associate professor of philosophy at Oxford: he dissects our contemporary discontent with the intelligence and robustness appropriate to that CV.

The whole thing is worth watching, but for the Brexit bit check out the first five minutes of this clip:

Sometimes people ask why we need philosophers. I think Simpson helps provide an answer.

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