Authors on the Business of Philosophy and the Philosopher's ego


In a capitalistic society every human experience is susceptible of becoming a business, eg. the business of beauty, sex, art, justice, health, education, journalism, emotions and psychology, transcendence and religion and the notion of "truth", even prisons and war are a business in some countries.

Philosophy is no exception to this. I wonder if they are studies and books who talk about this specific market share target:

The consumer of philosophy. What kind of person spends money on philosophy these days? What's their psychological profile? Perhaps somebody not very social but intelligent? Perhaps kids who were bullied at school because they were too bright or they just didn't fit with the others because they were just not good at sports? Is it a need to sound brighter than the rest or perhaps it's about these existential crisis every now and then most people have that make them look for meaning in life? How about somebody who needs someone else who is more intelligent than they are who would tell them what they want to hear or would do most of their thinking for themselves?

If this is the case then these professional philosophers have an image, a reputation, an ego to maintain? They would go to debates trying to look intelligent and determined to "win them" by kicking some "smart ass" using arguments not because they think they are true but because they would make them win more followers and ultimately more money. Perhaps they would consider the Socratic method economically inefficient for good profits because who needs truth when you can have money? After all who needs truth when you can have the old "razzle dazzle".

Are there any authors who actually realize this and empathize more on truth than in the philosophers themselves?

"Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion." Dylan Thomas

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Posted 2018-05-22T08:01:05.030



This sounds like the standard Marx-Engels' critique of philosophy as ideology of the ruling classes mixed with Marx's also critique of commodity fetishism. The most recent, postmodernist, version of this mix is Baudrillard's, anticipated by Adorno-Horkheimer's "culture industry", see cultural commodity fetishism, but none of it is specific to philosophy. Most of academic philosophy is too esoteric to make it as a commodity, but it does produce its "cultural icons".

– Conifold – 2018-05-22T08:41:17.690

@Conifold that could be a valid answer to me – None – 2018-05-22T09:02:36.250

Can anybody explain the downvotes and censorship of this question? – None – 2018-05-22T13:05:16.770

I did not down vote but I voted to close because I think the question is off-topic for this site. – Frank Hubeny – 2018-05-23T12:47:30.710

@FrankHubeny could you explain to me how this question is not relevant to a philosophy forum? It's just a hard question to ponder about that's all. In fact i'm not even asking to ponder about it i'm just asking for authors who did it. – None – 2018-05-23T12:58:45.163

2This is a Q&A site more than a philosophy forum. The question also seems too broad and primarily opinion based. If someone provides a good answer, I would remove my close vote based on that answer. As a suggestion look at Paul Feyerabend's "Against Method" and try to formulate a question similar to the one you have here, but more specific to that text. Or pick some other philosopher to base a question on that could be answered in a few paragraphs. – Frank Hubeny – 2018-05-23T13:34:12.880

@FrankHubeny Marx-Engels' critique of philosophy is a valid answer to me. I just want the author XXXX wrote a book called XXXX that talks about how philosophy XXXX was made a business of. You probably don't like it because of personal reason. By the way once the question is closed nobody can answer it... – None – 2018-05-23T13:39:29.913

Accusing other users of bad faith is unnecessary and inappropriate. It’s really important that we use constructive language when dealing with others here (and don’t engage at all if you can’t find the patience or charity to deal with others politely.) – Joseph Weissman – 2018-05-23T14:25:41.567

Not my intention to accuse anybody of bad faith only of censorship. My apologies to @FrankHubeny if needed. – None – 2018-05-23T14:28:08.267




Marx-Engels "Critique of Philosophy as ideology"

Adorno-Horkheimer's "Culture Industry"

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Posted 2018-05-22T08:01:05.030